Hannibal Rising traces a young Hannibal Lechter in three pivotal phases of life, from his childhood in Lithuania to his ten years in England, and finally his time in Russia before his capture by FBI agent Will Graham in Manhunter. The story is on Thomas Harris’ upcoming book of the same name.
It’s a revenge tale, probably driven by an apparent incident where Hannibal watches his young sister get killed and eaten by hungry soldiers in war-ravaged Lithuania during WWII.
Hannibal Rising is being helmed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and stars Li Gong, Helena Lia Tachovska, Dominic West, and Gaspard Ulliel as a young Hannibal Lecter.
It will be in theaters on February 9, 2007.