Hugh Dancy is Will Graham in Hannibal TV Series


Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Movie ImageBritish actor Hugh Dancy has landed one of the two main male leads in NBC’s “Hannibal” TV series, the network’s “contemporary” take on the serial killer made famous by Anthony Hopkins in the “Silence of the Lambs” films.

NBC’s take will find Hannibal the Cannibal as a young man, and chronicle his “budding relationship” with FBI agent Will Graham (Dancy). Hannibal is still uncast. Dancy joins Ed Norton and William Petersen as actors who have played FBI serial killer catcher extraordinaire Will Graham in the past.

The show is from “Pushing Daisies” creator and “Heroes” writer Bryan Fuller, and I’m still not entirely sure how this show will work. Will it be a police procedural and complete re-imagining of the character, where Hannibal helps Graham capture bad guys? Or will Graham chase Hannibal, who is learning to try his hand on that whole serial killin’ stuff? That’s the thing, I don’t think anyone knows except Fuller and his cast/crew, and the suits at NBC.

It’ll be interesting how they approach the character, though. I actually wouldn’t mind seeing a complete overhaul of the character, to be perfectly honest with you, and this is coming from someone who absolutely loves the Thomas Harris books from which the character is based.

Hugh Dancy in Hysteria (2011) Movie Image

Via : TVLine

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  • Juggernaut

    I would have thought that they’d cast someone a bit younger but Dancy is a good actor. Now who could play Hannibal Lechter? Hmmm…

    • Nix

      Yah, that’s my thought. It makes me think they might be “re-imagining” this thing completely, with perhaps Hannibal not being the serial killer that he was in the books/movies, but more of “FBI consultant” type ala “The Mentalist”, “Bones”, etc.

    • Dedpool

      Yeah that right there is the issue! They have to have charisma and personality.

      Also I’d play it as he’s the psychologist helping but he’s starting to see the eppeal of what the killers are doing and is starting to engage in it himself.

      • Juggernaut

        That could work. I could see that being their take actually. Although, if you were to take the entire cannon, ‘Rising’ and all, he was predisposed to be insane. Therefore, when he meets Graham he’d already be nuts. I would have cast a 20 something guy as Graham and a british actor in his late 30’s to mid 40’s as Lechter. I cannot come up with a good enough actor to cast though. Usually I’m all over it but I have no clue this time.

        • Dedpool

          Me too! hard one to cast. Also Rising sucked so I don’t think we’ll be seeing that in there. But maybe something else that predisposes him to turn killer.

          • Juggernaut

            James Frain as a 40 something Lechter would be a decent choice! He does the smart evil dude pretty well and looks a lot like Hopkins! Jensen Ackles would be a good fit for a younger Graham.

          • Juggernaut

            Aha! Forget about Ackles as Graham. Although, he would have that brooding, “don’t f**k with me” attitude that was brought to the role by William Peterson in Manhunter, a better pick would be Mad Men actor Vincent Kartheiser! Kartheiser could bring some aspects of both interpertations to the role. A mixture of Peterson’s Graham, the cool, confident,rogue agent with a wild streak and Norton’s Graham, reserved, focused, intelligent, family man. He’d be perfect!