It's the darkly seductive tale of a man with perverse desires crossing paths with the only person in the world who truly understands and accepts him; a macabre love story, far sexier than it has any right to be, from the pen of an immensely talented writer which plunges the most twisted depths of human relationships.
But enough about Hannibal.
Hugh Dancy, star of that triumphant NBC series, has just been cast in a key role in Fifty Shades Darker, a movie in many ways like Hannibal and in a great many more ways not.
Dancy will play Dr. John Flynn, Christian Grey's psychiatrist. Presumably being the man charged with taming Mr. Grey's off-kilter psyche is a difficult job - this is, after all, a man who likes to "whip little brown-haired girls that look like my mother". If those sound like the words of a man beyond help, at least Dancy does have some experience of twisted psychology...
Hannibal fans will know that Dancy's character, the FBI profiler Will Graham, finds himself engaged in a game of psychological one-upmanship with his psychiatrist, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In Fifty Shades Darker, Christian is forced to seek treatment after former lover and sexual mentor Elena Lincoln - or Mrs. Robinson, in Ana's own words - makes an untimely re-entrance into his life. Lincoln will be played by Hollywood legend Kim Basinger.
In the novel Dr. Flynn is English, moving to Seattle after marrying an American woman, so presumably Dancy will have the opportunity to use his silky natural accent, rather than doing a Dornan and going all gruff-American.
If you're a fan of the Brit actor, you can see him in Hulu's currently-airing original series The Path, which stars Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul as a man embedded deep in a spiritualistic cult. Otherwise, you might just want to wait for Fifty Shades Darker, which is set to hit theatres February 10, 2017.
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