David Slade Tapped for 'Hannibal' Pilot; Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Trailer Debuts

David Slade Tapped for 'Hannibal' Pilot; Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom' Trailer Debuts

Apr 02, 2012

Aaron Sorkin, writerIn a move apparently designed to lure in the Twi-Hards*, Deadline is reporting that Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade has been tasked with helming the pilot episode of NBC’s upcoming Hannibal. We kid, of course, since after helming the pilot for the underwatched NBC show Awake and an episode of Breaking Bad, Slade's been positioning himself as a desired TV gun for hire.

A contemporary thriller based on Thomas Harris’ characters from the novel Red Dragon, Hannibal will follow the early days in the complicated relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and serial killer Hannibal Lecter.

Dancy is the third actor to play the character, joining William Petersen (Manhunter) and Edward Norton (Red Dragon). No word yet on who will land the coveted role of Lecter, but here’s to hoping he’s more Brian Cox than Anthony Hopkins.

HBO looks set to continue their winning streak of must-see television. Lost in the hoopla of the debut of the second season of Game of Thrones last night was this very cool preview for Aaron Sorkin’s new series The Newsroom.

Featuring an all-star cast (Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer), the show follows the inner workings of the newsroom at a 24 hour cable network. Daniels plays a popular anchor who finds himself caught up in a career struggle after he says some unpopular (yet pretty accurate) things in response to a question at a college panel. Daniels looks perfect in the role. The only question is whether or not audiences can buy Waterston as anyone other than Law & Orders DA Jack McCoy. We’re gonna go out on a limb and say they will – the guy’s a great actor.

Sorkin is no stranger to handling this sort of behind-the-scenes series. His previous works include Sports Night, Studio 60, and The West Wing.

Check out the trailer below (courtesy of our friends at Collider) and let us know what you think.

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