Hot on the heels of the new promo pic for NBC's 'Hannibal' which arose yesterday comes the welcome announcement finally of an official premiere date. The new show which will be based around the life of Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Will Graham which precedes the events of Thomas Harris' 'Red Dragon' novel where only us as the audience will be aware of Dr Lecter's murderous side and culinery cannabilism. The Bryan Fuller ('Dead Like Me') headed show will premiere on 4th April at 10:00pm and stars Mads Mikkelsen ('Casino Royale') as the human hungry one and British actor Hugh Dancy ('Martha Marcy May Marlene') as Will Graham. The impressive supporting cast features Laurence Fishburne ('Event Horizon'), Caroline Dhavernas, Molly Shannon, Ellen Muth, Anna Chlumsky ('Veep'), Lance Henriksen ('Aliens'), Gillian Anderson, Chelan Simons, Ellen Greene, Gina Torres and Raul Esparza.
Showrunner Fuller Tweeted the following announcement:
"#Hannibal Requests the Honor of your Presence for Dinner Thursday April 4 10PM."
"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..."