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No new Lecter movie

05.16.2009

In the past couple of days, a rumor ripped through the tubes of the internets claiming that Sir Anthony Hopkins was returning to the role of fiendish flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter, reuniting with his HANNIBAL helmer Ridley Scott and featuring a new Clarice Starling, potentially to be playing by Cate Blanchett.

As it turns out, the rumor is true, only... mostly not. As Moviehole figured out, the "news" is from many years ago but was somehow recently regurgitated by Google News (originating from old stories on Hollywood.com and the NY Post), and then spotted and echoed by several online outlets assuming it was fresh news (ignoring the mention of Jodie Foster not returning because she was busy directing the still-unmade FLORA'S PLUM).

Moviehole also checked with a source at Universal (who was quoted in the original story), who simply says: "Bottom Line : It's the old pre-HANNIBAL story getting another-run again. There's no new movie."

Extra Tidbit: In the novel "The Silence of the Lambs", Lecter had an extra middle finger. I think he's been giving it to us since HANNIBAL.
Source: Moviehole

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