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NBC Sets a Premiere Date for ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Prequel Series ‘Hannibal’

NBC Sets a Premiere Date for 'Silence of the Lambs' Prequel Series 'Hannibal'

Bryan Fuller’s last project, a reimagining of “The Munsters” entitled “Mockingbird Lane,” turned into an expensive mess for NBC, the pilot eventually airing as a stand-alone movie last October before any chances of it going to series were officially snuffed out. But the network seems much more attached to his new show “Hannibal,” a prequel to “Silence of the Lambs” starring Mads Mikkelsen in the title role and Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, a criminal profiler working with Lecter and not yet aware of the doctor’s own murderous ways.

Fuller, who developed “Hannibal” and is serving as its showrunner, announced on Twitter yesterday that the series will premiere on Thursday, April 4 at 10pm, a fact confirmed later by NBC. “Hannibal” also stars Caroline Dhavernas, the star of Fuller’s short-lived but critically acclaimed “Wonderfalls,” as well as Lara Jean Chorostecki, with Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres and Gillian Anderson all set for recurring roles.

“Hard Candy” director David Slade will helm the pilot, and also serves as an executive producer.

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