Hannibal Lecter has so far managed to defeat all who would oppose him. Now we’ll see if he can handle what’s been the Defense Against Dark Arts position at NBC - the dreaded Thursday night at 10 death time slot.
Deadline Hollywood has confirmed what your friendly neighborhood Fanboys Examiner told you last week - "Hannibal," the 13 episode series detailing the early relationship between Dr. Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lecter and FBI Special Agent Will Graham, will inherit the death slot recently vacated by “Do No Harm,” which was canceled after a record 2 episodes. Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”) plays Hannibal Lecter, the role originated by Brian Cox in “Manhunter” and made famous by Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Hannibal” and “Red Dragon.” Hugh Dancy (“Black Hawk Down,” “King Arthur,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”) will play Will Graham, previously played by William Petersen in “Manhunter” and Edward Norton in “Red Dragon.”
Gaspard Ulliel played the young Hannibal Lecter in the prequel “Hannibal Rising” released in 2007.
To date, all movies featuring Hannibal Lecter have been based on novels by Thomas Harris.
“Hannibal” will premiere on April 4th. In addition to “Do No Harm,” the series “Prime Suspect,” “The Firm” and “Awake” have all perished in the NBC Thursday night at 10 slot since last season.