The story tells of a rich man who learns about a guru who can see without using his eyes and then sets out to master the skill in order to cheat at gambling.
The cast includes Ralph Fiennes as Roald Dahl/Policeman, Benedict Cumberbatch as Henry Sugar/Max Engelman, Dev Patel as Dr. Chatterjee/John Winston, Ben Kingsley as Imdad Khan/Croupier), and Richard Ayoade as Dr. Marshall/Yogi.
This is the first of four short film adaptations of Dahl tales that Anderson has on the way to Netflix. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar hits Netflix on September 27th, The Swan on September 28th, The Rat Catcher on September 29th, and Poison on September 30th.
“When I finally had the moment of inspiration, the idea was: ‘I am equally interested in the way Dahl tells the story as I am in the story itself,’” Anderson said in an interview with Netflix earlier this year. “If I do it using his words, his descriptions, then maybe I know how to do it.”