‘Hannibal’ Trailer Teases the New Dr. Lecter; Premieres in April

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Bryan Fuller’s attempt to resurrect the Munsters property with Mockingbird Lane didn’t pan out, but maybe his next TV series Hannibal will have better luck. The show premieres on NBC this April, as announced in a new preview introducing leads Hugh Dancy (The Big C) as Special Agent Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel) as Agent Jack Crawford and Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising) playing the latest screen version of Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

Author Thomas Harris’ infamous serial killer made the jump to movie villain back in 1986, beginning with Brian Cox playing the character in Michael Mann’s Manhunter (based on the Red Dragon novel). Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar-winning performance in The Silence of the Lambs solidified the cannibal as one of Hollywood’s most famous baddies, leading to two more installments starring Hopkins (Ridley Scott’s Hannibal and Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon) and the origin story Hannibal Rising featuring Aaran Thomas and Gaspard Uliel as younger versions of the character.

Fuller’s series starts before Dr. Lecter’s horrifying pastime is uncovered by Will (as referenced through backstory for Red Dragon). However, should the Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies TV series creator follow through with the seven season story arc he’s mapped out, that will change (a precarious hope, given NBC’s trend of canceling series prematurely and Fuller’s history producing short-lived shows). All the same, the 13 episodes in the first season explore a borderline-dysfunctional working relationship between Will and Dr. Lecter, who consults on dangerous serial killer cases.

Check out the new Hannibal promo image and poster (via Fuller on Twitter):


The Hannibal teaser footage presents an early taste (no pun intended) of the pilot’s macabre content and cinematic flavor, provided courtesy of director David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse). There may be some overlap between the content of Fuller’s show and Fox’s new series The Following, so the investigation format and previously-unexamined buddy dynamic (using that term loosely here) between the parly-established lead characters will be essential in allowing Hannibal to stand apart from the rest of the pack.

Rounding out the Hannibal cast are Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls), Lara Jean Chorostecki (Camelot), Aaron Abrams (Rookie Blue), Hettienne Park (Damages) and Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall). Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) will appear in multiple episodes playing Dr. Lecter’s not-so-lucky therapist.


Hannibal premieres on Thursday evening, April 4th, 2013 on NBC at 10/9c.

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  1. Why video is not available in Latvia?

  2. I endorse this guy for Red Skull in Captain America 3.

    • I totally agree and have posted this before that he should be Hugo Weaving’s replacement,

      • Great choice!

  3. I’ll give it a shot. Give me Hopkins anyday though.

  4. Why bother ? Even if it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread you know it’s going to get cancelled without a wrap up episode.

    • Just was thinking the same !
      And thats a shame,Love his shows and guess this one will be Cool as well !

  5. Not available in

    • I feel your pain.

  6. TrAiler looks pretty interesting to me

  7. I want to be excited for this show, and if it was on any other network I would be but because of NBC’s track record I can’t get my hopes up.

  8. Laurence Fishburne. Mads Mikkelsen. I’m in.

  9. I love Bryan Fuller’s shows, and glad he gets work but after a while anytime he has anything come out i decide not to watch it because i know it’ll be canceled. Especially if it’s on NBC.

  10. This looks interesting but again it’s another prequel, we know how it’s all going to end and they hope to keep us engaged with this for 7 seasons? Really? It’s going to take them that long to get to the point that everyone is familiar with?

    Why not just make something original?

    I love Dexter but it’s totally unrealistic for him to have gotten away with so much for so long, i watched the first episode of season 7 and he murdered someone in an airport and smuggled out the body in a surf board bag? Really?

    Breaking Bad really is the only show that knew what it wanted to say and stuck to it, they haven’t given in and stretched the story out further which is how tv shows should be made, they are not soap operas!

      • haha yeah exactly!! Plus he was able to carry his sedative in syringes through customs with barely an explanation! So annoying when everyone knows what a nightmare getting through those security checks is!

        • I agree. Dexter was sooo good in the beginning but the last 2-3 seasons the show has just been eh to me, as in nothing really special. Breaking Bad has the more realistic story(as it should because it’s based on a real story) and the writing seems to keep you interested every episode

  11. So , its the flashbacks from “the Following” , with the Hanibal Lecter name attached?

  12. Not available in Canada… can we get a mirror for people not located in ‘murica?

    • Murica don’t cater to your needs, fella. Just not the way we roll!

  13. Le Chiffre from Casino Royal! That’s pretty much all I needed to see.

    Damn shame this show will fail,just like every other new drama on NBC.

  14. Of course! NBC picks the worst time slot for this show. NBC’s Thursdays are dead and this should have gone either from Sunday to Wednesday

  15. I kinda hope this will just be a mini-series or has short season order, because we will need Mads Mikkelsen in movies.

  16. Youtube videos never work in China as well !
    All blocked here !

  17. I really like Mads Mikkelsen, but I don’t know if he can really pull of Lecter, especially since they’re starting off before he got caught and became a known serial killer. Mikkelsen already looks pretty villainous, so it would be hard to swallow and a little annoying if it takes Graham forever to figure out the guy’s a killer if he’s looking suspicious and sneaky all the time.

  18. He’ll play a good Hannibal Lecter. He’s creppy as hell. Lets see if his eye bleeds lol

  19. ha,ha,ha,ha,This will be cancelled mid season ,ha,ha,
    And in 5 years hbo will do a mini series, and all will be right in the world.f*cking NBC,

  20. Personally, I never see Hannibal Lecter saga as series material. Things are already stretching things with the Hannibal Rising movie, I don’t think we need another in-between stories spanning a whole year. A mini series or a season with limited number of episode (a la BBC’s Sherlock) I think are the way to go here too keep things from becoming stale and overstaying the viewer’s welcome. That said, I’ll watch this.

    • Forget the movies, go back and read the books, especially Hannible and tell me you dont want to see every page of it on screen,the movies never did them justice, oh and p.s f**k nbc

  21. *They are already