Dev Patel Joins the Cast of Wes Anderson’s Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Short Story Collection
- The British Indian actor will be a part of the all-British Netflix feature alongside Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ralph Fiennes.
Dev Patel has joined an ensemble cast, including Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Ralph Fiennes for Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s short story collection “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More” for Netflix. The script is written by Anderson who is directing the adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Shooting is expected to begin this month in the U.K.
Dahl’s short story collection, published in 1982, features both fiction and nonfiction. The title story centers on Henry Sugar, the protagonist of the titular story. He steals a book that shows him how to see through objects and predict the future, touching off a series of misadventures.
While it is unclear what roles Patel, Fiennes and Kingsley are playing, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Cumberbatch will play the role of Sugar, and “will also act as a link to the other stories by playing multiple roles throughout.”
Patel recently launched his new production company “to explore and develop the creative landscape of voices and talent that too often are unrecognized, bringing these stories to life in a larger way.” He hired two Indian American industry veterans — Lakshmi Iyengar, executive vice president, head of production and development, and Samarth Sahni, executive vice president of production.