Mads Mikkelsen to Play NBC’s Hannibal


NBC has found its “Hannibal” in Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans star Mads Mikkelsen, EW reports. Mikkelsen will play one of the world’s most famous fictional serial killers, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, on the upcoming series.

Mikkelsen joins Hugh Dancy as FBI Agent Will Graham in the small screen adaptation of Thomas Harris’ series of novels.

“It’s not directly adapted,” Dancy told in a recent interview, “because you’d begin with the backstory of ‘Red Dragon’, which is when Hannibal is still out and about and before he’s even been identified as a criminal.”

The show, written and produced by Bryan Fuller, has already been given a 13-episode commitment by the network.

Mikkelsen was recently rumored to be up for a role in Marvel’s Thor 2 which is now less likely due to his “Hannibal” commitment.

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