First Look At Wes Anderson’s ‘The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar’

Wes Anderson’s latest, Asteroid City, can still be found in theaters and his fans are absolutely loving it. But they won’t have to wait long for something new from the eccentric filmmaker. As part of a ridiculously-stacked Venice International Film Festival lineup announced yesterday, we received a first look at Anderson’s Netflix short, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, which will have its world premiere at the festival.

The image features three of the anthology short’s stars, Ben Kingsley, Richard Ayoade, and Dev Patel. Missing are Benedict Cumberbatch who plays the titular Henry Sugar, and Ralph Fiennes as author Roald Dahl. This is Anderson’s second Dahl adaptation after Fantastic Mr. Fox, which remains one of his most beloved films.

Clocking in at just 39-minutes, the film features multiple stories that build to the central one surrounding Henry Sugar, a gambling man who discovers a unique ability and uses it to gain a fortune, but it comes at a cost.

The Venice Film Festival kicks off on August 30th.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.