Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal television series is a different, but equally disturbing, take on the tale of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. Hugh Dancy plays Special Agent William Graham (the protagonist of Red Dragon), who has retired from his position as a profiler with the FBI, tormented by his ability to somehow understand and, to a degree, empathize with the serial killers he pursues.

Mads Mikkelsen costars as Dr. Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist recruited by the FBI to assist Graham when he (reluctantly) returns to work. Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls) costar as Graham’s boss Agent Jack Crawford and Lecter’s protégé Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom. Meanwhile, the pilot episode script written by Fuller was brought to life under the direction of David Slade (Hard Candy, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

Watch the new 2-minute international trailer above, then check out new Hannibal cast images in the gallery below (via STYD):


NBC released a Hannibal teaser earlier this month, highlighting both the morbid atmosphere and sophisticated visual style of Slade’s pilot. By comparison, the new preview brings attention to the show’s different character interpretations and story conflict (departing from Thomas Harris’ source material), as well as dialogue crafted by Fuller – which seems effective, be it expository or foreboding in nature – and what should be solid performances all around, given the cast. Could this be the rare Fuller TV series that reaches a larger audience and sustains past two seasons (maybe even upwards of the seven planned)?

… Okay, that may be a near-impossible challenge to meet, given NBC’s habit of canceling quality television without giving it a proper chance to pull in a larger audience. Here’s hoping for the best, anyway.

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

Source: Coming Soon