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Cannes Winner Mads Mikkelsen To Play Iconic Hannibal Role in NBC Series

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 4, 2012 at 5:29PM

Cannes' Best Actor winner Mads Mikkelsen ("The Hunt") will play Hannibal Lecter in NBC's upcoming contemporary-set drama "Hannibal." Hugh Dancy will co-star in the series, which is written by Bryan Fuller, who executive produces with Martha DeLaurentis. Based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," Dancy plays FBI agent Will Graham and Mikkelsen is Dr. Lecter.
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Cannes Best Actor Winner Mads Mikkelson of "The Hunt"
Cannes Best Actor Winner Mads Mikkelson of "The Hunt"

Cannes' Best Actor winner Mads Mikkelsen ("The Hunt") will play Hannibal Lecter in NBC's upcoming contemporary-set drama "Hannibal." Hugh Dancy will co-star in the series, which is written by Bryan Fuller, who executive produces with Martha DeLaurentis. Based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," Dancy plays FBI agent Will Graham and Mikkelsen is Dr. Lecter.

Mikkelsen's casting suggests a different take on the character than that of Anthony Hopkins or Brian Cox (Michael Mann's "Manhunter," also based on "Red Dragon"). This is something to look forward to: this superb Danish actor is endlessly watchable: see Suzanne Bier's "Open Hearts" and "After The Wedding," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising," and Mikkelsen's take on a Bond villain in "Casino Royale."

What this accomplishes, most of all, is raising Mikkelsen's profile and TV Q stateside.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.