Mads Mikkelsen Is The New Hannibal Lecter

Posted by June 4, 2012 Comment

It looks like 2012 will be a banner year for Mads Mikkelsen. He’s just scooped the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his role in Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, he’s soon to have a pretty solid international hit with A Royal Affair, he’s in the frame to play a villain in Thor 2, and now, he’s been cast as Hannibal Lecter in Bryan Fuller’s new TV show.

Even Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston could covet a string of professional pearls like that.

The Hannibal casting was broken by TV Line who give this set-up for the show:

Centers on the budding relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

Hugh Dancy has already been cast in the role of Graham. That’s a cracking pair of leads, so hats off to Fuller for netting them.

I think Mikkelsen can do sheer, clear “intensity” better than Tony Hopkins ever did. Brian Cox had a different, disturbing energy, and I don’t expect there will be much of a basis for comparison.

And let’s not even mention Gaspard Ulliel.

Hannibal starts airing “midseason” which means, I believe, in January or February of next year. As such, there needn’t be any clash in production dates with the Thor gig.

(Last Updated June 4, 2012 6:37 pm )