Though not yet well known to the American audience, NBC has announced that they have selected 46-year-old Danish actor Mads Mikkelson, to star as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, in the upcoming TV series “Hannibal.”
Containing 13 episodes in its premiere season “Hannibal” will be based on the same novels written by Thomas Harris that inspired the big-screen movies, “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Red Dragon,” “Hannibal” and “Hannibal Rising.” In the movies, Hannibal was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins.
The first season is said to focus on the budding relationship between Hannibal and FBI special agent, Will Graham, who will be played by English actor Hugh Darcy, when Dr. Lecter had worked as a forensic psychiatrist and before becoming Graham’s most cunning enemy and cannibalistic serial killer.
Mikkelsen most recently won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role in the film “The Hunt.” He is also said to have an unspecified role, though it is suspected to be a villain, in the yet to go into production “Thor 2.” He had previously played the villain Le Chiffre in the 2006 James Bond film, “Casino Royale.”
Shooting for “Hannibal” is expected to begin next month which the first episode premiering sometime during the new TV season later this year.