Around these parts, it’s kinda hard to find a monster that really stands up and gets our attention. We’ve seen them all. Yes, through the years we’ve seen some pretty gnarly characters that have been unbelievably scary. There is one guy, however, who likely has sent more than one utterly ice-cold shiver down your spine. His name is Hannibal Lecter. This past week on NBC, Hannibal Lecter returned to the screen to thrill and terrify audiences once again, this time in a new television series entitled Hannibal. Made by Brian Fuller, Hannibal takes the audience back to the early days when Dr. Hannibal Lecter was still a practicing psychiatrist and was working with FBI agent Will Graham, tracking serial killers. The relationship will evolve a great deal throughout time obviously, because we do know that eventually Dr. Lecter will become Will Graham’s most notorious enemy. One thing you can count on is for certain; Hannibal Lecter is reliably evil, and in Hannibal he will deliver.
The Scoop: I love these hot new shows that start up very conveniently just as many of the fall season television programs have had their season finale. (Pay attention you Walking Dead Fans!) With thirteen full episodes coming, all you horror/mystery fans out there have plenty to look forward to. What could be scarier than someone who is arguably almost like the devil in disguise?
The Stars: British actor Hugh Dancy is set to play the part of Will Graham. Although clearly having the big shoes of Anthony Hopkins to try and fill, Mads Mikkelsen will play the role of Hannibal. Mads has already played the parts of some pretty evil bad boys, including the James Bond villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. For this role, Mads has stated that he tried not to equate Hannibal with any mental illness, but literally tried to envision what it would be like to be Satan. Whoa, now that’s really, really bad. Let’s see how he delivers! Martin Fishbourne also makes his return to television in the role of Jack Crawford, the FBI’s head of Behavioral Sciences. Gillian Anderson (Dana Scully-X-files) will also have a recurring role in Hannibal. She will be playing the part of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, who is Hannibal Lecter’s therapist. Things are definitely getting interesting!
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Here’s a peek at the Hannibal trailer in case you missed the first episode. Hannibal airs Thursday nights on NBC. Don’t miss it!
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