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Lara Jean Chorostecki teases her return on 'Hannibal': 'Freddie isn't just a foil'

Freddie Lounds may be a tabloid journalist more interested in a story than morals, but make no mistake: She is also a sociopath, playing on the same field as Hannibal’s widening bench of crazies. “I think it’s a really interesting character to see on TV: a female sociopath. We don’t often see that,” says Lara Jean Chorostecki, who plays the fiery-haired reporter.

Thus far on the series, we’ve seen Freddie actively interfere with the FBI’s hunt for killers. We’ve also seen her confront other characters with hard truths. That ambiguous balance — who and what concerns her, as with Kacey Rohl’s Abigail, who is suspected of being complicit in her father’s serial killing — continues throughout the rest of the first season, as more of the character’s “complex layers” are revealed: “Freddie isn’t just a foil, as would be so easy to dismiss her,” Chorostecki says.

Fans of Thomas Harris’ novels, upon which Hannibal is based, will remember that Freddie is actually Freddy — she is a he. But the pronoun flip is more than skin-deep. As Chorostecki tells it, creator Bryan Fuller came to her after she was cast with a specific visual inspiration. “[He] said to me, ‘Do you know of Rebekah Brooks?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I do, I’ve heard of her, of course.’ And he said, ‘Well here’s a picture. This is what we’re modeling you on.’”

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'Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen: Lecter is the devil... 'but I kind of like him'

“I don’t find you that interesting,” Hugh Dancy’s disturbed FBI profiler tells Hannibal Lecter in NBC’s new serial-killer thriller, Hannibal.

Maybe, but we certainly do. Since coming to life in Thomas Harris’s 1981 novel, Red Dragon, Lecter has tantalized and terrorized readers and moviegoers alike, most notably in The Silence of the Lambs, the 1991 movie that won Anthony Hopkins his Best Actor Oscar.

Tonight, Lecter is reborn — younger and more stylish than ever — with Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen playing the brilliant psychiatrist long before he’s captured or even suspected of his gruesome crimes. Counseling Dancy’s Will Graham, whose ability to envision the most evil of deeds comes at a psychological cost, Mikkelsen’s Lecter is still safe behind a mask of respectability.

Mikkelsen, no stranger himself to playing a memorable villain (Casino Royale), initially hesitated at the opportunity to step into the role, but creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes) sold him on the relationship between Lecter and Graham. “It’s all about Will,” says Mikkelsen. “Everything circles around his character, and he’s a troubled man. I believe I can help him, either to get out of that trouble or to embrace that trouble.”

The actor sat down with EW at a Manhattan coffee shop to talk about the show, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. For the record, there were no fava beans or chianti on the menu. READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' review: Mads Mikkelsen mesmerizes as Dr. Hannibal Lecter

To answer your question: No. Television does not need another serial-killer drama. But who can resist Hannibal Lecter? Especially when the horror-pop icon has been reinvented in a cable-style drama so finely acted, visually scrumptious, and deliciously subversive. Set during the cannibal shrink’s pre-incarceration days, Hannibal distinguishes itself from The Following, Bates Motel, and American Horror Story by its distinctive storytelling voice, Bryan Fuller. The creator of Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies again tells the tale of an alienated individual with an extraordinary talent that feels like an affliction. He also tells a tale that really isn’t about Hannibal Lecter.
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First full-length 'Hannibal' trailer: 'It looks like the ripper' -- VIDEO

“He catches insane men because he can think like them.”

In the first full-length trailer for NBC’s Hannibal, one FBI agent says that to another — but do they mean Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) or “special investigator” Will Graham (Hugh Dancy)? To be fair, most of what we see the doctor do in this footage is sip wine and offer counsel. Graham seems to be the nutty one.

This is by far the longest preview the network has released in advance of the show’s April 4 premiere, and while we get almost no new plot information (Graham is still a brilliant but troubled tracker of crazed men; Lecter is still poised to be his confidante and colleague), we do get a look at just how violent Hannibal may be.

And it is very violent: throats slashed, arms hacked, and women (always women) screaming. In fact, this newest video makes as much room for stylized slaughter as for anything else. This feels like an escalation of the trend pinned to the successful debut of Fox’s nightmarish The Following a few months ago — and it raises similar questions about the moral weight, not to mention aesthetic value, of fictional depravity. I’m still all kinds of excited… and at least now a few kinds of worried.

Watch and judge for yourself.

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Better, longer 'Hannibal' teaser: 'I need to borrow your imagination' -- VIDEO

If you’ve been hungering for more of NBC’s Hannibal (sorry), you’re in luck. The network has released another teaser leading up to the show’s April 4 premiere. And unlike a lot of the recently released footage, this one is… more meaty.

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'Hannibal' teaser: 'His name may ring a bell' -- VIDEO

So here’s the thing about NBC’s Hannibal: even though we know that the clever serial-killing Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) will help catch other serial killers before — spoiler: inevitably — getting caught himself, we know very little about the show itself. It’s a thriller from Bryan Fuller, premiering on April 4. Hugh Dancy plays Will Graham, the FBI profiler previously played by William Peterson (Manhunter) and Edward Norton (Red Dragon). And… that’s about it, save for one fractal 30-second teaser released back in February.

And now we can add another 15 seconds of footage to the evidence with another, even shorter, teaser. Do we learn anything new? No. Does the footage satisfy the double requirements of high-class gore and puns? Absolutely.

A warning, though: someone’s arm was probably harmed in the making.

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Mads Mikkelsen on playing 'Hannibal' in upcoming NBC series; Anna Chlumsky to guest star in one episode

With his broad, Nordic-handsome face, Mads Mikkelsen is considered one of Denmark’s sexiest actors, but fans in the U.S. mainly know him as the scarred villain in 2006 Bond flick Casino Royale. He’s primed to make another lasting impression next year as a complicated baddie in the upcoming Bryan Fuller-created NBC series Hannibal, filming now in Toronto, starring as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist-cannibal made famous by Anthony Hopkins in 1991′s The Silence of the Lambs.

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