Just in time for Valentine’s Day, NBC released some tasty looking stills for upcoming Silence Of The Lambs-spinoff TV drama Hannibal while series creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Mockingbird Lane, Pushing Daisies) added the hugs and kisses by announcing the premiere date for this series as April 4th on Twitter.
This time around, it’ll be Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Ultimate Spider-Man) who’ll be filling the brilliantly psychotic shoes of Dr Lecter as young FBI criminal profiler Special Agent Will Graham (Ella Enchanted‘s Hugh Dancy) comes to Lecter for help in tracking a vicious serial killer who has a serious and violent penchant for murder most foul.
Did I mention Graham and Lecter have an interesting past as Graham’s the one who busted Lecter in the first place and Lecter nearly killed him in the process? Small lesson: Red Dragon is the precursor to Silence Of The Lambs, which is why he’s already in the well-known solitary state he’s in when Clarice Starling approaches him for help in finding Buffalo Bill. But in THIS show, this all takes place even before Red Dragon and it’s discovered that Lecter’s got some skeletons (literally) of his own. Okay, caught up? Cool, moving on.
You know what? I’ll let series creator Bryan Fuller tell you a wee bit more…
The series will also star Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix, Boyz n the Hood) as Graham’s boss and mentor Agent Jack Crawford and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) as Dr. Alana Bloom.
Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy
With a roster of guest stars that includes Eddie Izzard (who just starred in Fuller’s sadly failed pilot Mockingbird Lane), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Anna Chlumsky (My Girl, VEEP), Ellen Greene (Little Shop Of Horrors, Pushing Daisies) and Gina Torres (Firefly and wife of Laurence Fishburne), this show seems like it’s could be a good’un.
WILL we see as much fantastical gore as the movies or what we now see in shows like The Walking Dead and The Following? According to NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt, nope.
Greenblatt says “There’s a lot of violence around the show, but you don’t see a lot of acts of violence,” while Head of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke adds, “The character you’re following is the Will Graham character, who has to be pulled into these violent crimes and they take a terrible toll on him. He’s the definition of a kind, gentle soul.”
As someone who’s read all of Thomas Harris’ novels and have seen all the films including the 1986 Michael Mann-fueled Manhunter (based on the novel Red Dragon), where Brian Cox (Super Troopers, RED) played Lecter and CSI‘s William Petersen was Special Agent Graham, I’m slightly hesitant but curious to see how Mikkelsen will step into the role and make us think of Lecter in a whole new light.
Hannibal premieres April 4th, 10 pm EST on NBC. You can come watch with me but if you bring fava beans and a nice chianti, I’m NOT letting you in.
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