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The New Hannibal Lecter

Written by: FFT Webmaster | June 6th, 2012

Mads Mikkelsen

Just one week after winning the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in THE HUNT, word comes out of Hollywood that Danish actor Mads Mikkelson will play the lead character in NBC’s upcoming HANNIBAL, portraying cinematic cannibal Hannibal Lecter in his younger years. The famed Lecter in the Oscar winning film THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, who won the Best Actor Oscar himself for the role, was of course Anthony Hopkins. The actor subsequently played him in HANNIBAL and RED DRAGON. Other Hannibals have included Brian Cox, who played him in MANHUNTER, and Gaspard Ulliel, who recently played the young Hannibal in HANNIBAL RISING. The midseason series is expected to begin shooting next month, with Hugh Dancy playing Lecter’s nemesis, FBI agent Will Graham.

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