Look! It’s Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter!

In case you don’t know, NBC and Bryan Fuller – the man responsible for Pushing Daisies, many of the best episodes of Heroes and the forthcoming failed reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane – is working on Hannibal, a prequel to both Silence of the Lambs and one of my favourite movies, Manhunter, in which everyone’s favourite cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter/Lecktor pals around with his future nemesis, Will Graham, solving crimes for the FBI.

Starring Mads Mikkelsen from Casino Royale as Hannibal Lecter, Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne as Graham’s boss Jack Crawford and Gina Torres as Crawford’s wife, it’s due next year and here are some of the first pictures from it. I’m not sure about Hannibal’s dress sense – maybe it’s set in the 70s? – but it’s exciting to see him all the same.

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter

Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy in Hannibal

James Dancy as Will Graham in Hannbial

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  • Dancy looks good, Fishburne looks… huge and it's always good to see Gina Torres in anything. MIkkelsen looks like a smug arse, which is appropriate for Hannibal, I suppose. I always preferred Brian Cox's low-key creepiness to Hamthony Hopkins; interesting to see which way this'll go.

    Isn't it going to have the same sort of problem as Smallville, though? We all know how it ends?

    (Of course, Smallville's real problem was that it was unremittingly shite…)

  • Cox is the connoisseur's Lecter.

    I guess the problem with any prequel is knowing how it will end, but it's the journey that's important.