10/08/2022

Rupert Friend Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Wes Anderson’s THE WONDERFUL STORY OF HENRY SUGAR

Rupert Friend (Homeland, Obi-Way Kenobi, Hitman: Agent 47, The French Dispatch) has joined Benedict Cumberbatch in director Wes Anderson’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s short story collection The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.

Dev Patel, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley also star in the movie, which will be divided into three segments, and Cumberbatch’s character will serve as a connective thread through each one. He will play multiple roles, including Sugar.

The 1982 book featured both fiction and nonfiction stories. “The title tale is centered on Henry Sugar, a man who steals a book that shows him how to see through objects and predict the future. This sparks a series of misadventures that involve evading Mafia henchmen, working with a Hollywood makeup artist to craft new identities, and setting up orphanages around the world.”

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According to THR, Friend will take on the lead of one of the three chapters. There’s no word on the character he’s playing or who Patel, Fiennes and Kingsley are playing.

The project is set up at Netflix and production gets underway this week in London.