You may not be familiar with the name Mads Mikkelsen just yet, but I promise very soon it’ll be a name you come to recognize. He’s a wonderfully underrated actor who just came off wining the Best Actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film The Hunt and has just recently nabbed the villain role in the upcoming Thor 2. Mikkelsen has just been attached as the star of NBC’s upcoming drama Hannibal.
This will mark his U.S. TV debut and will be starring opposite Hugh Dancy in the 13 episode drama.
“The project is described as a contemporary thriller featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon – FBI agent Will Graham (Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mikkelsen) — who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship. Graham a gifted criminal profiler on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI who enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country, with no clue about his darker side.”
What do you guys think? Will Mikkelsen be able to live up to the role that was made famous by Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs? Only time will tell and hopefully being on a network like NBC will not handicap the capabilities a show like this has.