JESSICA JONES Star David Tennant Was In Talks To Play The Lead Role In NBC's HANNIBAL

While promoting his new movie, Jessica Jones and Doctor Who star David Tennant recently revealed that he was in the running to play the titular cannibal in NBC's Hannibal series. More after the jump...

Jessica Jones introduced us to a whole new side of former Doctor Who star David Tennant, but the actor recently revealed that we almost saw him take to a more villainous role a couple of years earlier in NBC's Hannibal.

Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to the English actor about his new movie Bad Samaritan, asking him whether his new leaning toward more sadistic roles rather than heroic is deliberate.

Nothing’s ever deliberate with me, I’m afraid. But there is something delicious about playing people that go to really dark corners of the human experience. I’m certainly not complaining!


As the interview continued, Tennant noted that he almost began down this dark path a few years ago, when he met with the executive producer of Hannibal, Bryan Fuller, about portraying the doctor-turned cannibal, Hannibal Lecter.
 

I met 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.

As Tennant noted, the job did end up going to Mads Mikkelsen (of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange) who did a amazing job portraying the twisted character.

Before his praised stint playing Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, Tennant was known for playing more heroic roles such as the titular Time Lord in Doctor Who and the lead in acclaimed British drama Broadchurch. But it sounds like he's enjoyed playing the bad guy in recent years - which is a good thing for us, because he's great at it.

What do you think about Tennant's more villainous roles? How do you think he would've compared to Mikkelsen in the role of Hannibal?

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