Although of of NBC’s most critically acclaimed shows, “Hannibal” — based off of the novels featuring cannibalistic murderer Hannibal Lecter written by Thomas Harris — has been on the list of many observers as a show in danger of cancellation, due to its ratings performance. Still, the most recent season garnered a high enough rating on Metacritic to be considered “universally acclaimed,” an increasing rarity on broadcast television.
Thankfully, NBC renewed the series for a third season, and has recently released a trailer with cast interviews giving an idea of how the show will progress this year. See it below.
Although based off of Harris’ novels, the series has so far only taken characters and broader elements from the source material, instead of adapting specific stories. This season hints at another element of adaptation, though, by introducing the character Francis Dolarhyde, played by actor Richard Armitage (The Hobbit trilogy). In the original novel, Dolarhyde is the titular “Red Dragon,” a serial killer who admires the “work” of Dr. Lecter and seeks to please him. Lecter, in turn, provides Dolarhyde with the name and address of FBI agent Will Graham, with whom Lecter worked on a series of murder investigations when Lecter himself served as a professional consultant.
The novel Red Dragon has been adapted onto film twice: first in 1986, with actor Tom Noonan playing Dolarhyde, William Petersen as Will Graham, and Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecter. It was adapted again in 2002, this time as a prequel to director Jonathan Demme’s 1991 film adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs. Ralph Fiennes played Dolarhyde, while Edward Norton played Will Graham, with Anthony Hopkins reprising his Oscar-winning role as Dr. Lecter.
Hannibal season 3 will premiere on Thursday, June 4th. Returning cast members include Mads Mikkelsen as Lecter, Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as FBI agent Jack Crawford, and Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom. For more on the show as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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