FBI profiling chief Jack Crawford – played by Dennis Farina in “Manhunter,” Scott Glenn in “Silence of the Lambs,” and Harvey Keitel in “Red Dragon” – will be played in NBC’s “Hannibal” by “CSI” refugee Laurence Fishburne.
Nobody played Crawford in the 2001 movie version of “Hannibal.”
Denmark native Mads Mikkelson, 46, who was very hard on James Bond’s genitals in “Casino Royale,” will play the cannibalistic psychoanalyst in the midseason series about what Dr. Lecter was up to before his FBI profiler pal, Will Graham, discovered Lecter’s unsavory hobby.
Hugh Dancy (“Our Idiot Brother,” “The Big C”) will play Graham. Graham was the troubled hero of “Red Dragon,” Thomas Harris’ first Lecter novel, which was made into Michael Mann’s excellent 1986 thriller “Manhunter” (starring Brian Cox as Hannibal Lecktor) and Brett Ratner’s rather less accomplished 2002 Anthony Hopkins remake.
The “Red Dragon” novel begins long after Graham captured Lecter. The new series will begin with a pre-incarceration Lecter working with Graham to find other serial killers.
“The Silence of the Lambs,” which depicts (among many other things) Lecter’s escape, was the Graham-free sequel to “Red Dragon.”
NBC has ordered 13 episodes. Bryan Fuller, who also scripted the “Munsters” reboot pilot “Mockingbird Lane” for NBC, wrote the “Hannibal” pilot and serves as the series' creator/showrunner.
Fuller, who wrote for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” before he created “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies,” scripted the best episodes of “Heroes’” first season, including the killer Noah Bennet episode “Company Man.”
Martha De Laurentiis, a member of the filmmaking clan behind all five Lecter movies, is producing the series as well.
Fishburne’s prior credits include “Apocalypse Now,” “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” “Boyz n The Hood,” and “The Matrix.” He’ll be seen next year playing Perry White in “Man of Steel.”
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