Will searches for clues at Hannibal’s childhood home on Thursday’s brand-new Hannibal, 10/9c on NBC.
Before Hannibal debuted, it was difficult to imagine anyone supplanting Anthony Hopkins as the definitive Dr. Lecter. But over the course of the cult NBC drama’s three seasons, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen has done an expert job asserting ownership over the character, creating a version of the cannibalistic forensic psychiatrist that exists independently of Hopkins’s big-screen interpretation. It’s an achievement that many performers have attempted but only a relative few have achieved. Here are our picks for eight TV actors who have successfully made a popular movie character their own.