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.
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: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images