Mads Mikkelsen is NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

Danish thesp just won Cannes best actor prize

Cannes Film Festival best actor winner Mads Mikkelsen has scored another victory: the coveted title role in the upcoming NBC series “Hannibal.”

The Danish actor nabbed the part of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a character made famous by Anthony Hopkins in the film “Silence of the Lambs.” He will star opposite Hugh Dancy, who will play agent Will Graham.

Mikkelsen won the Cannes prize last week for his role in the Thomas Vinterberg psychological thriller “The Hunt.” Prior to “Hunt,” he was best known for playing the villain in “Casino Royale,” the 2006 entry in the James Bond franchise. He’s also done TV before, starring in Danish series “Unit One,” for which he won an international Emmy in 2002.

Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) Martha De Laurentis (“Red Dragon”), Sara Colleton (“Dexter”), Jesse Alexander (“Lost”), and Katie O’Connell serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot. “Hannibal” is produced by Gaumont International Television.

NBC has yet to schedule “Hannibal,” but the 13-episode drama series is expected to get a midseason slot.