Amongst an already big name, nerd-friendly cast, the gang at NBC’s upcoming midseason drama Hannibal have just secured one of the biggest names in nerd TV ever. Yessir, Gillian Anderson is rejoining the FBI! Well, kind of.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news yesterday that Anderson has been hired for three episodes of Hannibal, the series update of Thomas Harris‘ original Hannibal Lector novel Red Dragon, which follows the banner years of the partnership between serial killer Lector and FBI Agent Will Graham. Anderson, best known for her nine-years playing the skeptical Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files, will play Hannibal’s own therapist on the show.
“Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen Hannibal to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter’s personal psychiatrist,” said Hannibal writer and showrunner Bryan Fuller in a statement about the casting coup. Anderson has spent much of the last 10 years since the end of The X-Files working on small films and British television.
“Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture,” added Fuller. “I couldn’t be more excited.”
Hannibal, starring Hugh Dancy as Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Lector and Laurence Fishburne as FBI boss Jack Crawford will premiere sometime in 2013 on NBC.