NBC’s Hannibal Finally Gets a Premiere Date

Hannibal - Season 1

Hannibal will soon be taking a bite out of NBC’s Thursday lineup. Bryan Fuller’s long-awaited TV adaptation will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10/9c, the network confirms. A contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, Hannibal focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Hannibal Lecter. Hannibal will fill the void left by Do No Harm, which was pulled off the schedule last week after two low-rated episodes. (Law & Order: SVU encores will occupy the Thursday-at-10 perch through March.) The stellar cast also includes Laurence Fishburne as FBI agent Jack Crawford and Wonderfalls’ Caroline Dhavernas as an FBI consultant. X-Files’ Gillian Anderson will also appear as Lecter’s shrink. Hannibal will roll out internationally across Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN international channels in the days following the NBC premiere. Here is a first look at Mikkelsen’s Hannibal and his tasty meal. Is that a nice Chianti we see? [Source]

First Look At Mads Mikkelsen As Hannibal Lecter In NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

There isn’t much these days on NBC (or network television in general) to get excited about, which is what makes the prospect of “Hannibal” all the more intriguing. The first thing that nabbed our attention right away was the casting of the excellent Mads Mikkelsen — probably best known stateside as Le Chiffre in “Casino Royale” — in the title role. Next was the news that the movie would actually take place before he becomes a convicted killer, with a first season that would run a compact thirteen episodes. [Source]

First photo of Mads and Hannibal director David Slade

Finally, there’s a nice black-and-white shot that includes the director, [Hugh] Dancy, and a look at Lecter himself, played by Mads Mikkelsen (From left: Slade, Dancy, Mikkelsen). Lecter has been played by Brian Cox in Manhunter; Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon and the Hannibal film; and Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising, although we’d all prefer to forget that last one exists.