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Hugh Dancy will soon find Mads Mikkelsen to be very interesting in the trailer for NBC's Hannibal

Mar. 1, 2013by: Niki Stephens
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If you haven't seen the trailer for NBC's HANNIBAL series, I'm here to bring it to your attention.

Hugh Dancy may be the focus of the extended trailer, but Mads Mikkelsen is going to own the shit out of this show. The events of HANNIBAL are basically five pages pulled out of Thomas Harris' "Red Dragon" according to series creator, Bryan Fuller. As you will see in the trailer, Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter are working together with Graham having no knowledge of what is going on under his nose. The villain is closer than you think. But Fuller stated back in April that without prior knowledge of the Lecter character, we wouldn't even know what was in-store for us:

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 suspenseshow the audience the bomb under the table and let them sweat when it's going to go boom". He went on to call the relationship between Graham and Lecter as "really a love story", saying "As Hannibal has said [to Graham] in a couple of the movies, 'You're a lot more like me than you realize.' We'll get to the bottom of exactly what that means over the course of the first two seasons.

Synopsis: One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies," "Heroes"), based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham's unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone - even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he's pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there's no villain they can't catch. If Will only knew...

HANNIBAL premieres on NBC at 10/9C on April 4th.

Extra Tidbit: Can we get some love for Michael Mann's MANHUNTER?
Source: NBC

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11:39AM on 03/01/2013

Mads Mikkelsen...

My goodness he looks terrific in this. Casting him as Hannibal was a stroke of genius.

I'll definitely give it a shot but it seems like it could go either way. Hopefully it's great.
My goodness he looks terrific in this. Casting him as Hannibal was a stroke of genius.

I'll definitely give it a shot but it seems like it could go either way. Hopefully it's great.
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12:35PM on 03/01/2013
I haven't seen Red Dragon, but William Petersen was just right as Graham in "Manhunter," a film notable now for downplaying Lecter's M.O. in favor of the Francis Dolarhyde story. I'm really rather surprised Petersen didn't become more of a star after his run in the '80s.

Knowing what we do about Hannibal Lecter, this show could really work, because they can't forever delay unmasking him. They refer to it as the first chapter, which makes me assume maybe they aren't going for six seasons of
I haven't seen Red Dragon, but William Petersen was just right as Graham in "Manhunter," a film notable now for downplaying Lecter's M.O. in favor of the Francis Dolarhyde story. I'm really rather surprised Petersen didn't become more of a star after his run in the '80s.

Knowing what we do about Hannibal Lecter, this show could really work, because they can't forever delay unmasking him. They refer to it as the first chapter, which makes me assume maybe they aren't going for six seasons of this thing. At the very least I imagine right up until they figure out who he is, and at most maybe the events of "Red Dragon" will be featured, too, if it becomes a hit.
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11:54AM on 03/01/2013

I miss Edward Norton.

Speaking of owning the shit out of things... He "owned the shit" out of Will Graham in Red Dragon.
Speaking of owning the shit out of things... He "owned the shit" out of Will Graham in Red Dragon.
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2:09AM on 03/04/2013
That kinda looked like the bathroom from The Shining.
That kinda looked like the bathroom from The Shining.
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5:20PM on 03/01/2013

Let's hope this one breaks the Bryan Fuller curse

Bryan Fuller is brilliant. Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, The Amazing Screw-On Head, and the good episodes of Heroes. Too bad his shows either get cancelled or never picked up (Mockingbird Lane, Screw-On Head). Here's hoping he gets his due with Hannibal.
Bryan Fuller is brilliant. Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, The Amazing Screw-On Head, and the good episodes of Heroes. Too bad his shows either get cancelled or never picked up (Mockingbird Lane, Screw-On Head). Here's hoping he gets his due with Hannibal.
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10:59AM on 03/02/2013
Wait, he did "The Amazing Screw-On Head"? I loved that. But wasn't it just a one-off anyway?
Wait, he did "The Amazing Screw-On Head"? I loved that. But wasn't it just a one-off anyway?
5:36AM on 03/03/2013
I agree: Bryan Fuller is a very creative and talented writer. I enjoyed Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, though, unfortunately, he was forced out of Dead Like Me after 6 episodes because the network didn't like the direction he wanted to go (if I remember correctly, they didn't think the women he casts were very attractive and they weren't happy with his plan to reveal the father to be gay.). I really want him to have a successful show. The closest he got to success was Star
I agree: Bryan Fuller is a very creative and talented writer. I enjoyed Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, though, unfortunately, he was forced out of Dead Like Me after 6 episodes because the network didn't like the direction he wanted to go (if I remember correctly, they didn't think the women he casts were very attractive and they weren't happy with his plan to reveal the father to be gay.). I really want him to have a successful show. The closest he got to success was Star Trek.
1:49PM on 03/01/2013
This might be the first show in a long time that I'll definitely be watching from NBC. I love what I see.

Also, was that the bathroom from Kubrick's The Shining?
This might be the first show in a long time that I'll definitely be watching from NBC. I love what I see.

Also, was that the bathroom from Kubrick's The Shining?
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