If the casting of Mads Mikkelsen as the bad Dr. Lecter wasn’t enough to pique your interest in the “Silence of the Lambs” prequel miniseries “Hannibal,” then this artfully cut trailer will.
The idea of going back to the “Silence of the Lambs” well again wasn’t one that particularly excited me. It’s been diminishing returns since Ridley Scott’s gruesome and ultimately overblown “Hannibal” to the not terrible “Red Dragon” from Brett Ratner to “Hannibal Rising’s” we-just-couldn’t-get-Hopkins-back-so-let’s-do-this vibe of Hannibal Lecter fan fiction by the actual creator of Hannibal Lecter.
Now comes this stylish trailer for “Hannibal,” this look back at the battle of wits between Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), the FBI Agent sent to find a cannibal targeting women. What I appreciate most about this trailer is the way it unfolds at such a steady, ominous pulse. Every moment we start to feel more and more worried about the body and soul of Agent Graham while Mikkelsen gives off this icy charm. Hopkins’ take on the character was far more unassuming, but Mikkelsen has just the correct amount of physical menace buttoned up under a professional facade to make the character work.
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.
Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…
“Hannibal” premieres April 4 at 10 on NBC.