Hannibal is a 2001 American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, adapted from the 1999 novel by Thomas Harris. The sequel to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, Anthony Hopkins reprises his role as the serial killer Hannibal Lecter. Julianne Moore co-stars as FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling, the role first held by Jodie Foster.


Ten years after tracking down serial killer Jame Gumb, FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling is blamed for a botched drug raid. She is contacted by Mason Verger, the only surviving victim of the cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter. A wealthy child molester, Verger was paralyzed and disfigured by Lecter during a therapy session. He has been pursuing an elaborate scheme to capture, torture, and kill Lecter ever since. Using his wealth and political influence, Verger has Starling reassigned to Lecter's case, hoping her involvement will draw Lecter out.