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Wes Anderson To Direct Netflix Roald Dahl Adaptation

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Wes Anderson is to direct the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Roald Dahl’s short story collection, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will helm an A-list cast including the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, and Ben Kingsley.

Netflix acquired the rights to Dahl’s works in September after purchasing The Roald Dahl Story Company, with plans to produce live-action and animated films, as well as shows, games and products.

The upcoming adaptation, written by Anderson, focuses on the main story from the book series about a gambler named Henry Sugar, who develops the ability to see through objects. Other short stories which will reportedly be depicted include The Boy Who Talked With Animals, The Hitch-Hiker, The Mildenhall Treasure, Lucky Break, The Swan, and A Piece of Cake.

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Anderson has helmed an extensive collection of acclaimed titles, including the likes of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Isle of Dogs. More recently, he celebrated the release of his 2021 anthology film The French Dispatch, starring Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Timothee Chalamet, and others. He is currently working on his 11th feature, Asteroid City.

Production on the new Netflix project is due to begin in the UK later this month.

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