By now you've likely already watched at least one of the four shorts gleaned from Roald Dahl's literary world, retold through the symmetrical, pastel lens of Wes Anderson. This is not Anderson's first rodeo when it comes to a Roald Dahl adaptation, but it is the first live-action since Fantastic Mr. Fox was an animated take.

“I like the idea, right off the bat, of having a little company play the whole film,” the director told Netflix early this year. The release of The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, The Swan, The Rat Catcher and Poison spanned the last week of September, keenly featuring different combinations of six key recurring actors. And perhaps you're wondering where you recognise some of these faces from. Successful thespians in their own right, here are some of their most notable work across film and TV that you may have come across. Or, if you've not had these titles on your watchlist, where to see more of their performances.

Ralph Fiennes. NETFLIX

Ralph Fiennes

Playing the almost fourth wall-breaking narrator across the series as Roald Dahl himself, Fiennes also repeats in minor roles as the policeman (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar) and rat man (The Rat Catcher). His collaboration with Anderson began from The Grand Budapest Hotel as concierge Gustave.

Where you've seen him

The Menu, Schindler’s List, Harry Potter franchise, Kingsman franchise, James Bond franchise

Benedict Cumberbatch. NETFLIX

Benedict Cumberbatch

The titular Henry Sugar also rotates as makeup artist Max Engelman within the same film, and Harry Pope (Poison).

Where you've seen him

Doctor Strange, Sherlock, The Imitation Game, The Power of the Dog, Patrick Melrose

Ben Kingsley. NETFLIX

Ben Kingsley

Is it me or is it always a delight to see Sir Ben Kingsley appear on screen? He plays the intriguing Imdad Khan, the casino croupier (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar), as well as Dr. Ganderbai (Poison).

Where you've seen him

Ghandi, Schindler’s List, Iron Man 3, Sexy Beast, Shutter Island

Dev Patel. NETFLIX

Dev Patel

Rotating between Dr. Chatterjee and financial manager John Winston (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar), Patel is perhaps the chattiest as Woods (Poison).

Where you've seen him

The Green KnightLionSlumdog MillionaireHotel Mumbai, Chappie

Rupert Friend and Asa Jennings. NETFLIX

Rupert Friend

The main narrator in the haunting true story-inspired tale (The Swan) alongside Asa Jennings, and well, Claud (The Rat Catcher).

Where you've seen him

Asteroid City, Hitman: Agent 47, Homeland, Pride and Prejudice

Richard Ayoade. NETFLIX

Richard Ayoade

You first catch Ayoade as Dr. Marshall, but later heavily disguised as the mysterious yogi (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar), and once again as the reporter (The Rat Catcher).

Where you've seen him

The IT Crowd, Gadget Man, Travel Man

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, The Swan, The Rat Catcher and Poison are now showing on Netflix.

We've heard about the new Timothée Chalamet-fronted Willy Wonka film for a while now. As a teaser, the actor posted an image of himself back in 2021, where he's bedecked in the signature purple coat and brown top hat. The caption—"The suspense is terrible, I hope it will last."—accompanied the image. While reaction to the images was mixed, the actor was correct: the suspense is terrible.

But now we have the full-length Wonka trailer. We follow a young Willy Wonka before his candy empire as he tries to realise his dream of having a chocolate shop, he has to face off with the Chocolate Cartel. Although Chalamet displayed mannerisms and whimsy that millennials might reference Johnny Depp's portrayal of the 2005 version of the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka is actually a prequel to the Gene Wilder-led Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Y'know, Gene Wilder. This face that launched a thousand Condescending Wonka memes.

God, I hope Chalamet reenacts this meme.

While this isn't based on any existing Roald Dahl's work, fingers crossed that this prequel brings back the awe and wonder of the 1971 film. We spy musical numbers, that familiar tune of "Pure Imagination", the involvement of Keegan-Michael Key, the directing prowess of Paul King of Paddington and Paddington 2 (fight me, Paddington 2 is pretty great film). Oh, and... a (much smaller) Oompa Loompa; one that's played by Hugh Grant as he launches into a dance and the Oompa Loompa song.

The Wonka film comes out on Christmas Day in theatres.

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