As you may (or may not know) by now, NBC is hurrying to get a series ready for this upcoming 12/13 season, based on the Thomas Harris “Hannibal Lecter” novels (specifically around the time, or pre-Red Dragon, it would seem). The series is set to follow Will Graham (from Red Dragon (played by both William Peterson from CSI and Ed Norton, respectively)), an FBI agent who is solving crimes throughout the show, being assisted by the notorious Dr. Lecter. I have to admit, I am a bit of a sucker for the “wild card & their handlers”-esque crime drama formula that has popped up over the last few years (ie The Mentalist, Castle, Fringe, Monk…etc), its a bit of a guilty pleasure, as I am sure I should probably be sick of it by now. However, the idea that the “wild card” in this case will eat your liver with some fava beans, and a nice Kee-ANT-ee.
We’ve had our Will Graham in Hugh Dancy (a bunch of stuff)…but the network just announced that they have found their good doctor…
This is amazing news, if you don’t know. MM is best known for the role of Le Chiffre in Casino Royal. He also (with the help of Orlando Bloom) STOLE The Three Musketeers, as Rochefort AND he played One-Eye in Valhalla Rising and, still, he will be the villain in the upcoming Thor sequel. Other words: This dude is BAD ASS. If you haven’t seen him, or don’t recognize him, just trust me.
Better yet, learn him…It will be worth your time. Truthfully, when I first heard about a Hannibal Lecter TV series, my first instinct was to ignore it until I saw it, having no idea who could POSSIBLY pull off the role. I think they found the guy, and now that they have mentioned it, there is nobody else…
Well played, NBC…Well played.
From Bryan Singer and NBC:
“There is a cheery disposition to our Hannibal. He’s not being telegraphed as a villain. If the audience didn’t know who he was, they wouldn’t see him coming. What we have is Alfred Hitchcock’s principle of suspense — show the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it’s going to go boom. So the audience knows who Hannibal is so we don’t have to overplay his villainy. We get to subvert his legacy and give the audience twists and turns.”