Red Dragon is a 2002 American thriller film based on Thomas Harris' novel of the same name, featuring psychiatrist and serial killerDr. Hannibal Lecter. It is a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The novel had served the basis for a previous film, 1986'sManhunter, but this film is not considered a remake.
The film was directed by Brett Ratner and written for the screen by Ted Tally, who also wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs. It stars Edward Norton as FBI agent Will Graham and Anthony Hopkins as Lecter, a role he had, by then, played twice before in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mary-Louise Parker, Emily Watson, and Harvey Keitel.