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Mads Mikkelsen Cast As NBC’s Hannibal

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20:  Actor Mads Mikkelsen attends the "Jagten" Premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2012 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

It's been a good month for Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, who recently scored the Best Actor prize at Cannes and landed a villainous role in Thor 2. Now Mikkelsen (still best known as the baddie in Casino Royale) has been cast in NBC's high-profile pilot Hannibal, where he'll step into Anthony Hopkins's loafers to play Dr. Lecter opposite Hugh Dancy's inquisitive FBI agent. Plan on Mikkelsen chewing more than just the scenery.

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