Even though “Hannibal” and the upcoming “Munsters” reboot “Mockingbird Lane” are not set to premiere until midseason at the earliest, NBC is already making some of their casting choices known in a big way.
First, we begin with what is a risky (but also smart) choice to play the role made famous by Anthony Hopkins in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Mads Mikkelsen (“Casino Royale”) is going to be taking on the part, and this is the latest impressive headline for an actor who recently won the Best Actor prize in Cannes. (He also has a part in the upcoming sequel to “Thor” as a lead villain.)
Meanwhile, Jerry O’Connell (of “Crossing Jordan” and “The Defenders”) has landed the role of Herman Munster in “Mockingbird Lane” — which is going to be more of a re-imagining of the classic sitcom rather than just a line-by-line remake. This news follows up the recent announcement that Eddie Izzard will play Grandpa — and there’s still no word out on who will take on the role of his immortal wife Lily. O’Connell’s casting is imperfect in some ways — mostly that his shows have a history of not lasting long, and that there was a pretty heavy contingent of people hoping that Brad Garrett would win the role.
There is a rather interesting connection between the two shows — despite being of different genres, Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” and the one good season of “Heroes”) is going to be overseeing each of them as an executive producer. He has a solid body of work behind him, but he also has a challenge now of making two old properties feel new on a network that has not had much in the way of recent hits.
What do you think about these two castings?