The premiere of NBC’s upcoming series based on the infamous character of Hannibal Lector is looming closer and with that new cast members are being confirmed. The new series aptly entitled, “Hannibal” is set to star “The X-Files” star Gillian Anderson in the role of psychiatrist to Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
Bryan Fuller, genius behind to soon cancelled series “Pushing Daisies” and “Dead Like Me,” will be the showrunner for the new series. With Fuller at the helm this stands to have a good chance at being pure awesome.
“Hannibal” will also star Hugh Dancy and Lawrence Fishburne. The official plot description is as follows:
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller, based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…
“Hannibal” is expected to debut sometime in 2013.
Actor Laurence Fishburne may be returning to television for the upcoming television series, “Hannibal” based on the prolific film and novel series. The new show will be a contemporary take on the book produced by NBC acting as a prequel to the novels.
According to TVLine, Fishburne, a former CSI detective, is considering the role of Jack Crawford, the agent-in-charge at the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI who is tasked with tracking down a flesh-eating serial killer. The role of Crawford was played by Dennis Farina in 1986’s Manhunter, Scott Glenn in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, and Harvey Keitel in 2002’s Red Dragon.
The first season has received an order for 13 episodes and is said that any future seasons will also be 13 episodes long.
The new project was written and executive produced by “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller.
It is scheduled to debut at mid-season, and centers on the budding relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
It should be noted that “Hannibal” should not be confused the other pilot based on Clarice Starling that will be appearing on Lifetime.
In case you haven’t heard the new, NBC has greenlit a pilot based around the characters from the popular horror/thriller films that feature cannabalistic murder Hannibal Lector. Before you think this sounds like a rip off of “Dexter” but with a well-known character, let me say, yes it is.
The series, which has yet to begin filming, recently hired David Slade as director. Slade is known for his work as director of the film 30 Days of Night and work on Twilight Saga: Eclipse . Slade also directed the pilot episode the series drama “Awake” that is also on NBC.
Slade will director the upcoming pilot episode which will feature characters from Thomas Harris’ series of novels that began with Red Dragon.
The show will expand upon the events alluded to in the novel Red Dragon, written by Thomas Harris. Set in Lecter’s early days, the show will examine the time Lecter went head-to-head with FBI agent Will Graham, instead of instead of Harris’ original protagonist, FBI trainee Clarice Starling.
Hugh Dancy will be playing the role of FBI agent Will Graham, and is scheduled for premiere sometime in the fall season.
With this being a network show, as opposed to being on channels such as Showtime or HBO, viewers can expect to not see to much blood, or too much violence. This, in my opinion, will make the show a little less interesting given the type of killer that Hannibal is.