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Friday, April 5, 2013

AXN Announces the Global Launch of the Highly Anticipated, Original Series HANNIBAL

April 5, 2013

AXN Announces the Global Launch of the Highly Anticipated, Original Series HANNIBAL

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne
HANNIBAL Premieres April 8, 2013 on AXN across Asia

AXN will premiere the highly anticipated, original series Hannibal on April 8, 2013 (Monday) at 10PM. A cinematic thriller from the imaginative mind of Bryan Fuller (Heroes, Pushing Daisies) and the artful direction of David Slade (Twilight: Eclipse, 30 Days of Night), Hannibal explores the early relationship of Thomas Harris' famous characters, renowned psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter and gifted FBI criminal profiler Will Graham.

Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy (The Big C, King Arthur, Black Hawk Down) as Will Graham, a brilliant, empathic FBI profiler who is able to mentally re-trace the twisted thoughts and methods of the agencies most-wanted serial killers. His boss and handler, Jack Crawford (Laurence H. Fishburne, The Matrix, Contagion, CSI), who harnesses Will’s uncanny ability to see into minds of the evil, recognizes his need for psychiatric help after a particularly disturbing case. As a result, Will finds himself assigned to the care of the highly-respected psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale, The Hunt, A Royal Affair). Unbeknownst to Will, there is a reason Dr. Lecter has particular insight into these horrible crimes and the psychopaths who commit them. What follows is a masterful mind game set against the contrasting worlds of good and evil where lines blur, elegance breeds horror and nothing is what it seems.

You can also download a special HANNIBAL application on Apple’s iTunes store that lets you enjoy a second screen experience! Open your app and click SYNCH and your device will listen to the television episode while you watch and reveal exclusive content. You can also follow along with the character tracker button to get in-depth, insider facts of the key players. Let HANNIBAL get inside your mind with this exclusive second screen experience available exclusively on Apple’s APP store and www.axn-asia.com.

Fuller’s stylized, procedural drama is the latest AXN original series, ideally suited for AXN channels across Asia and the rest of the world. As part of the global launch in April 2013, Hannibal will be rolled out in over 80 countries and versioned in 18 languages around the world. Hannibal is produced by Gaumont International Television in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks.

From left to right: Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne and Mads Mikkelsen

Hugh Dancy (Will Graham)

Hugh Dancy recently starred in Hysteria opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and the critically acclaimed film Martha Marcy May Marlene opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes. He will next lend his voice to Summertime Entertainment's animated 3D musical Dorothy of Oz. Dancy was previously seen starring in Adam opposite Rose Byrne. He plays the title character, a young man with Asperger's syndrome struggling to survive in New York City. Adam premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. Dancy also starred in P.J. Hogan's Confessions of a Shopaholic opposite Isla Fisher, which grossed over $100 million worldwide. Dancy's other film credits include: Our Idiot Brother, Evening, The Jane Austen Book Club, Beyond the Gates, King Arthur, Ella Enchanted, The Sleeping Dictionary, Black Hawk Down, and Young Blades. In 2007, he starred in Tom Hooper's critically acclaimed series Elizabeth I opposite Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons. He received an Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Earl of Essex. The series received the 2007 Golden Globe® Award for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and the Emmy® Award for Best Miniseries. Dancy's other television credits include: The Big C, Daniel Deronda, David Copperfield and Madame Bovary.

Laurence Fishburne (Jack Crawford)

Laurence J. Fishburne III has achieved success not only as an actor but as a producer and director. In 1992, he won a Tony, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critic's Circle Award and a Theater World Award for his portrayal of Sterling Johnson in August Wilson's Two Trains Running. His appearance in the 1993 premiere episode of Fox TV's Tribeca landed him an Emmy® Award. And to complete the Triple Crown, he was nominated for an Oscar® in 1993 for his portrayal of Ike Turner in What's Love Got to do With It. Fishburne received another Emmy® nomination for his portrayal of Thurgood Marshall in the HBO adaptation of his one-man show, Thurgood. He originated the role in the 2008 Broadway debut of the play, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor and winning Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Most recently, Fishburne has completed production as the character Perry White in the upcoming Superman film Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder, scheduled for release in June 2013. He has also completed production on The Colony, directed by Jeff Renfroe for release later this year. In September 2011, Fishburne starred in Steven Soderbergh’s disease outbreak thriller, Contagion. Fishburne’s screen credits include Nimrod Antal’s Predators, the heist film Armored, and The Alchemist, in which he starred, directed and produced. In 2008 he joined the cast of the CBS' hit primetime show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Also in 2008, Fishburne was seen in the box office success 21, alongside Kevin Spacey. In 2006, Fishburne reunited with his What’s Love Got to Do With It co-star Angela Bassett in Akeelah and the Bee, a performance that earned him a Best Actor Award at the 2006 Black Movie Awards. The film swept the show with three other wins, including Best Picture. Immediately following, he co-starred in Mission Impossible III, and the acclaimed indie Bobby, for which he shared a Screen Actors Guild® Award nomination for Best Ensemble Cast. In 2005, he starred in Assault on Precinct 13, and previous to that, was an integral part of the box-office sensations The Matrix, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed Mystic River and in Biker Boyz.

Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter)

The Copenhagen-born Mads Mikkelsen began his professional career as a gymnast and dancer, and has worked steadily in theatre, television and film to become the top male star in Denmark and Scandinavia.

Mikkelsen stars in the Academy Award-nominated film, A Royal Affair, in the role of Johann Friedrich Struensee. Mikkelsen received the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his role in The Hunt. Following a premiere at Cannes, the film screened at the 2012 Telluride Film Festival, the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and will be released by Magnolia Pictures in Spring 2013. Mikkelsen also co-stars in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, opposite Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by Fredrik Bond, the film premiered in January 2013 at Sundance Film Festival and will be screened in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013. In 2004, Mikkelsen made his American debut opposite Clive Owen and Keira Knightley in Disney’s King Arthur, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean)


About AXN and AXN HD

AXN offers viewers a thrilling ride with an exciting slate of programs designed to exhilarate and help them escape the humdrum of daily routine. The leading English general entertainment destination among upscale, affluent adults aged 18-39, the channel delivers first run, exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, adventure and competitive reality programs from around the world, as well as made-in-Asia original productions.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN has become an international channel brand that is now seen across 60 countries globally including Latin America and Europe. In Asia, the channel is now watched by over 154 million viewers in more than 122 million homes across 20 countries, including close to 50 million households on a time-block basis in China.
AXN has also been available in high-definition (HD) since March 2009.

AXN ASIA is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television’s Networks, Asia, which also operates pay-TV channels beTV, ANIMAX, SONY ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION and ONE.



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