In a recent story on EPICSTREAM, it was revealed that Doctor Who star David Tennant was initially considered for the role of Doctor Lecter on the NBC series Hannibal. While it was not quite the ratings gold that NBC wanted, it evolved in a showcase for the talent of star Mads Mikkelsen.
Tennant revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I met [Hannibal executive producer] Bryan Fuller a couple of times, and we talked about it. But I think they quite wisely chose Mads Mikkelsen, I think he was a perfect choice for it, and I think he did things with that character that I wouldn’t have managed, so I think the right man got the job.”
Though Mads Mikkelsen truly evoked the suave, cool, and almost snobbish qualities of Hannibal Lecter to the show, one can’t help but wonder what direction the character would have taken with Tennant as the cannibalistic doctor. Would it have been much like the Lecter made famous by Sir Anthony Hopkins during his Silence of the Lambs role? Would Tennant have had the same calm and collected demeanor as Mikkelsen’s Lecter or more of a manic and savage Lecter?
While it was not in the cards for Tennant to play Doctor Lecter, he did find his place as an equally terrifying villain on Netflix’s Jessica Jones. Tennant’s portrayal of the super-powered sociopath Kilgrave garnered critical claim. Now, Tennant is set to star alongside Michael Sheen in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. The miniseries is set to premiere sometime in 2019.
Do you prefer Tennant in likable roles such as the Doctor or as a Kilgrave-like villain?