‘Hannibal’ Trailer Released: Lecter Series Ready At NBC

Another Hannibal trailer has arrived from NBC. The network released a dark and violent looking two minutes or so on Thursday, and, Lecter fans, “violent” is an understatement.

The footage showed corpses aplenty with numerous scenes of bodies impaled on antlers and blood peppering almost every frame in this graphic retelling of the mythos, which began with Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon.

Entertainment Weekly speculated on Thursday that, from the look of the Hannibal trailer, the series might be trying to outdo Fox’s The Following on blood and gore.

But with a series telling the back story of a character, who once ripped off the face of a security guard to escape prison — see Silence of the Lambs — one must wonder who the real trendsetter is.

Word broke in June 2012 that Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen would be taking over the iconic role of Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

Brian Cox was the first to do so in the 1986 film Manhunter. He was followed by the more popular Sir Anthony Hopkins in the Best Picture-winning follow-up Silence of the Lambs.

(Don’t get us started on which is the better film, though.)

Since then, interest in the project has grown, attracting top talents, such as Laurence Fishburne and X-Files alum Gillian Anderson.

The series premiere has been slated for April 4 with the thirteenth and final episode of this run set for June 27, according to IMDb.

After watching the trailer below, you’ll have more questions than ever as to how NBC will handle this.

While the 2002 film Red Dragon — a retelling of the novel and the prior Michael Mann effort Manhunter — filled in some of the gaps in the Lecter-Will Graham back story, this is new territory, and it’s still iffy whether Lecter will be apprehended by the season finale.

If so, where would Hannibal go from there?

Would Graham (played by Hugh Dancy following in the footsteps of William Petersen and Edward Norton) have a place in season two? Would the TV series devote one season to re-filming the Red Dragon story a third time?

Will Clarice Starling ever make an appearance?

The Hannibal trailer answers nothing, but it does imply a brutally faithful reboot. Will you be watching?

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