Mads Mikkelsen to Play Hannibal Lecter

Just a couple of weeks after landing an unspecified role as the villain in Thor 2, Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising) has scored another role bringing one of the most iconic movie villains of the ’90s to the small screen. According to Deadline, Mikkelsen will lead NBC’s upcoming series Hannibal, where he will play the serial killer Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. The character has been previously played by Anthony Hopkins, Brian Cox and most recently by Gaspard Ulliel in the prequel Hannibal Rising. Will Mikkelsen be able to overcome the memory of these other performances and make the character his own?

The series is one of two in development right now based on the novels by Thomas Harris; Lifetime is also making Clarice, a similar show focusing on the character played by Jodie Foster. In this case, Mikkelsen will act opposite Hugh Dancy (Confessions of a Shopaholic) who plays FBI agent Will Graham. Hannibal is being headed up by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daises) with David Slade (30 Days of Night) directing the pilot.

Mikkelsen is definitely an interesting choice to play Hannibal, and one that might make people take a bit more interest in the show. His performance as Le Chiffre in Casino Royale proved that he can be both refined and charming while also hiding a more sinister side. I am a bit surprised they didn’t go with an unknown for the role, but I suppose to a lot of viewers he will be. What do you think, is Mads Mikkelsen a good choice for Hannibal and does this make you more interested in watching the show?

Around the Web:

  • Kasper

    Danish powaaaaaa!

  • Oh man, who’s EVER going to overcome the memory of Gaspard Ulliel’s performance of Hannibal? Am I right? Guys? Anyone?


    “I am a bit surprised they didn’t go with an unknown for the role…”. They already went with an unknown in that role. His name was Gaspard Ulliel! Still? Nothing?

    And fuck, does this mean I’m going to have to watch Lifetime for the inevitable crossover episode with “Clarice”? I mean, I already do, but that’s to watch “Project Runway” and “America’s Most Wanted”, but that doesn’t count. They didn’t START there.

  • Well he’ll be better than Gaspard Ulliel, and the show will probably be better than Hannibal Rising.

  • csidle

    He’s the best Danish actor around. I look forward to seeing him in this!

  • csidle

    Also, no mention of the fact that the dude won Best Actor at Cannes last week?!

  • Mike H

    No one will come close to Hopkins portrayal as Hannibal, but if someone is going to give it a shot it is definitely Mikkelsen, he just looks like he is ready to eat your face.

  • Casper L

    Filmjunk doesn’t follow the Cannes film festival…..seriously`? He just won best actor in cannes and nothing