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Hannibal Rising
Release Date: February 9, 2007
Studio: MGM, The Weinstein Company
Director: Peter Webber
Thomas Harris
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Gong Li, Rhys Ifans, Richard Brake, Kevin McKidd
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R (for strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references)
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hannibal-rising001.jpg (417 K) In "Red Dragon" we learned who he was. In "Silence of the Lambs" we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?

"Hannibal Rising" marks the first time in the award-winning series, best selling author Thomas Harris ("Red Dragon," "Silence of the Lambs") writes the screenplay – reaching back to explore the origins of Lecter's rage, terror and savagery.
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In RED DRAGON we learned who he was. In SILENCE OF THE LAMBS we learned how he did it. Now comes the most chilling chapter in the life of Hannibal Lecter – the one that answers the most elusive question of all - why?

2. Dino De Laurentiis, Producer
Hannibal Lecter is a cultural icon. Possibly the most famous anti-hero ever created. Brilliant, charming and evil, he grips the popular imagination like no other villain. His creator, the reclusive American writer Thomas Harris, introduced him to the world as a minor, though significant, character in the menacing novel Red Dragon published in 1981.

Casting the central role of young Hannibal was critical to the film. Producer Dino De Laurentiis describes how they searched for a long time to find the right person: “We couldn’t find a face with the right kind of mystery. We needed a young guy who looked like he could kill, but also someone who could be charming.”

The look of the film was always going to be hugely important in conveying the tension and trauma of the story. Director of Photography Ben Davis, whose credits include IMAGINE ME AND YOU and LAYER CAKE, was responsible for translating Webber’s ideas into a visual style.

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Exclusive Interview with Hannibal Rising's Peter Webber, CO
 - Feb 8, 2007
Recently had a chance to talk with Peter Webber, the director of the upcoming Hannibal Rising as well as Girl with a Pearl Earring in 2003...

Hannibal Rising Interviews, NY
 - Feb 8, 2007
Never mind the fact that the New York junket for Hannibal Rising was one of the most multicultural panels one could imagine, with a British director,...

Gaspard Ulliel on Hannibal Rising
CanMag, CA
 - Feb 6, 2007
When producers wanted to go with young Dr. Lecter in Hannibal Rising, they sought out a younger version of Sir Anthony Hopkins. Gaspard Ulliel won the role,...

Rhys Ifans and Gong Li in "Hannibal Rising."
About - News & Issues, NY
 - Feb 5, 2007
With the help of her interpreter, Li spoke to the media about her latest English language film, Hannibal Rising, in which she plays the aunt of the prolific...

Dino De Laurentiis Interview, Hannibal Rising
MoviesOnline, Canada
 - Feb 5, 2007
We had a chance to sit and talk with Dino & Martha De Laurentiis to talk about their latest production Hannibal Rising. In RED DRAGON we learned who he was...

Peter Webber Interview, Hannibal Rising
MoviesOnline, Canada
 - Feb 5, 2007
For Webber, "Hannibal Rising” was the most ambitious project he’d undertaken: "The scale of this one is very different. We’ve got big battle scenes,...

Patriot-News, PA
 - Feb 9, 2007
Don't be fooled by the ads for "Hannibal Rising." This story of the early years of the killer Anthony Hopkins made famous is a dreadful bore...

A Monster in the Making
Washington Post, DC
 - Feb 7, 2007
Now Harris eludes the dissonance of those alternative endings by writing a suspense-driven prequel, "Hannibal Rising": a portrait of the cannibal as a young...

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