Hugh Dancy Lands Starring Role On Hulu's 'The Way', So Here Are 6 Other Parts He's Played To Help You Get Over The Loss Of Will Graham
I'm sorry, friends, but it looks like Hannibal is cancelled, really, and most sincerely, dead with no hopes of revival. Following an announcement from showrunner Bryan Fuller that both Amazon Prime and Netflix had passed on picking up the show for a fourth season after NBC dropped it, Hugh Dancy is starring in Hulu's The Way, according to Entertainment Weekly. Meaning, unfortunately, that it's not very likely he'll be back as Will Graham on Hannibal. But take solace in the fact that his new part sounds phenomenal: "The Way is about a family in a Scientology-like cult that’s led by the charismatic Cal Roberts (Dancy), who becomes entangled in a complicated relationship with two other members of his controversial movement — Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) and her conflicted husband, Eddie (Aaron Paul). Cal will battle personal demons and bold ambition as he strives to take the organization into its next generation." My condolences, Fannibals!
I love Hugh Dancy, and I will definitely be watching him play a cult leader. And, though he's been launched to a whole new level of fame by playing Graham on the gory NBC series, the 40 year old British actor has been around for quite some time. If you are going to sorely miss him on the NBC series, there are plenty of other great films and TV shows that Dancy has been in that will tide you over before you get to see him as a creepy, charismatic cult leader on The Way.
Here are six of his best projects, so you can get your Dancy fix.
Ella Enchanted (2004)
This movie is amazing. I will fight to the death for that opinion. Dancy plays Prince Charmont to Anne Hathaway's Ella in the film adaptation of Gail Carson Levine's young adult modern fairy-tale, in which a princess has to live her life to the literal letter thanks to a curse from a fairy that gives her the "gift of obedience." It was one of the first movies that made me go, dang, feminism is real, and the only person you have to answer to is yourself, Anne Hathaway.
Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009)
Hugh Dancy and Isla Fisher are a match made in a heaven in this rom-com about love and capitalism. Is it a technically "good" movie? Not according to Rotten Tomatoes, but that doesn't really matter, because it's so bad, it's good. If you can ignore the obvious and tired cliches about women being too materialistic and shopping too much, Hugh and Isla are really, really cute together.
A beautiful and poetic film about a man with Asperger's Syndrome who is enamored with the stars. Dancy plays the titular role opposite Rose Byrne. Just... get ready to cry, is all I'm saying.
Elizabeth I (2005)
Did you know that HBO makes stuff that isn't True Detective and Game Of Thrones? I know, pretty nutty. Elizabeth I is an amazing mini-series starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth during the last 40 years or so of her reign. Hugh plays the Earl of Essex, the star of Part II, when he's getting all sexy with the Queen but also pissing her off politically. Dancy was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for his role, and the costumes and set design are phenomenal. Not to mention Helen Mirren, who is a dame, literally.
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)
Hugh Dancy would be doing a disservice to his very British side if he weren't in at least one Jane Austen-based movie. If you haven't seen The Jane Austen Book Club, do it now! All Jane Austen, all the time.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
Apparently, Hugh loves cults! Don't we all? Though he will be playing a sinister cult leader in The Way, he's the good guy Ted in this thriller about a girl who escapes a cult, but never really escapes, you know what I mean? After watching this film, you'll definitely be ready to see Dancy as a cult leader corrupting Aaron Paul on Hulu.