As a book, Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon sure gets around. It was first turned into a movie in 1986 by Michael Mann under the title Manhunter, then after the success of Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal was remade by Brett Ratner under its original title. Now it’s serving as the basis for a new television show. Audiences love their Hannibal Lecter. And now there’s a trailer for the new show.
The television version stars Mads Mikkelsen as our favorite cannibal doctor (who’s been previously played by Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins and Gaspard Ulliel), and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham (previously played by William Peterson and Edward Norton), the great profiler who will eventually catch Lecter… but perhaps not in this season. Also in the cast is Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford (who’s been previously played by Dennis Farina, Scott Glenn and Harvey Kietel). Here’s that trailer:
Though many of the characters overlap from Red Dragon, it appears this season doesn’t include Francis Dolarhyde, the serial killer that Graham tracks in that book. But that’s probably because at the start of the book Dr. Hannibal Lecter is already in jail, and Graham visits him solely to get back on the scent of a brilliant serial killer. What’s appealing about this show is the thing that could ruin it, in that it’s going to spend a lot of time dancing around the eventual showdown that will have to occur between Graham and Lecter. But how long can you tease that? How many seasons can a show like this go on? That’s not a bad problem to have, all things. Hannibal will be on NBC starting April 4, at 10 pm.
Who’s your favorite interpretation of Lecter?