NBC has announced that they’ve cast Laurence Fishburne to play a pretty big part in their upcoming crime drama Hannibal from writer Bryan Fuller. Fishburne will join Hugh Dancy (Will Graham) and Mads Mikkelsen (playing the titular role) to play Jack Crawford, head of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit.
“Laurence Fishburne is an iconic man who has been making his cinematic mark since ‘Apocalypse Now’ and it’s a thrill not only to work with him but to see such a brilliant, sophisticated actor step into the shoes of Thomas Harris’ brilliant, sophisticated character,” said the official NBC announcement. “I cannot imagine a better cast for ‘Hannibal’ than the one we’ve assembled.”
Crawford has appeared in past Hannibal Lector stories starting with 1986’s Manhunter in which he was played by Dennis Farina. The part was recast for Silence of the Lambs in 1990 when Scott Glenn stepped into the role, and was recast again for the 2002 remake of Manhunter (made under the original title of the book Red Dragon) where Crawford was played by Harvey Keitel.
Hannibal is one of two series being overseen by Fuller with premiere dates to be scheduled for midseason on NBC, the other, of course, being The Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane. David Slade, who directed the pilot for NBC’s critically acclaimed Awake, is set to direct the pilot of Hannibal, which received “script to screen” approval earlier this year allowing it to circumvent the typical development process and go straight into production.
Fishburne’s last TV project was Dr. Raymond Langston in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and he will be stepping into even bigger, nerdier shoes next summer when he takes up the role of Daily Planet editor Perry White in Man of Steel.
Source: Screen Rant