While Bryan Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, won’t go to pilot until the summer, his other NBC project is on the way into production. The television version of Hannibal Lecter is set to possibly be picked up the network, and yet it still hasn’t cast the main two characters of the titular cannibal and FBI agent Will Graham. Now, one of those two roles has thankfully been filled by a British actor.
Hugh Dancy, who’s been in films such as Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, and last year’s indie smash Martha Marcy May Marlene, has been cast in the role of Graham for the NBC pilotHannibal. The project was written and will be executive producer by Fuller, and is said to lie on the relationship between Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter, as the two are re-introduced at the “beginning of their budding relationship”.
If picked up, this would be Dancy’s first regular role on televison. The actor has appeared in various television films and miniseries, but never one that requires his constant presence. He guest starred in a recurring role last year on the Showtime dramedy The Big C, and was really his first major push towards the format.
No word yet on the pilot’s chances, nor who will be playing the titular pop culture icon either. It’s one of multiple new projects NBC is mulling over in order to properly set in place their 2012-13 season, after a year that has led them to many disappointments.