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07/30/2013 01:27 pm ET Updated Sep 29, 2013

Lars Mikkelsen Cast As 'Sherlock' Villain

AP

Gaze upon your new Sherlock villain, ladies and germs. Producer Sue Vertue announced on Twitter today that Lars Mikkelsen will play Charles Augustus Magnussen, the newest thorn in Sherlock's side on the upcoming season (which airs in the U.K. this year and in the U.S. in 2014). Is he based on Arthur Conan Doyle's character Charles Augustus Milverton, the "king of the blackmailers"? Perhaps! More interesting, though, is how many imaginary Hannibal crossovers the casting might elicit, since Mikkelsen's brother Mads currently plays Dr. Lecter. So much intense Danish villainy in one family.

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