Mads Mikkelsen is no newcomer to the business of Hollywood, but his under-the-radar quality might have led you to believe otherwise. In truth, he’s starred as a Bond villain (Casino Royale), a mythical Greek (Clash of the Titans), a Russian musical genius (Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky), and has achieved bona fide stardom in his native Denmark, so it’s surprising that Mikkelsen is not yet a household name in the U.S. Two significant projects on the horizon may change that. First up is The Hunt, the film that garnered Mikkelsen a Best Actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his role as a kindergarten teacher falsely accused of child abuse. More commercial, but no less dramatic, will be Hannibal, the much-anticipated NBC prime-time series based on Thomas Harris’s cannibal psychiatrist. Mikkelsen will take on the title character of Dr. Hannibal Lecter with Hugh Dancy opposite as Special Agent Will Graham (played by Edward Norton in 2002’s Red Dragon). Say hello to your next leading man.