*** Caution: Spoilers for the Finale of Hannibal Season Two Ahead… ***
For all those who tuned into the climax to Bryan Fuller’s homoerotic romance between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (a/k/a Mizumono, the Season Two finale) what was left in the final moments of the episode were merely broken, bloody bodies. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) was tossed out a window. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) was stabbed in the neck and locked in Lecter’s stainless steel wine cellar. Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) was revealed to be alive and presented as an offering to Will before Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) slit her throat. And finally, as he was in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Graham was gutted and left for dead as Hannibal exited in the rain and boarded a plane with his coy therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). It was an operatic set piece worthy of Brian De Palma (and certainly reminiscent of the finale of Raising Cain), delivering geysers of blood and numerous unanswered questions as the credits rolled.
Now, Bryan Fuller is weighing in on what fans should expect come the beginning of Season Three. But don’t expect him to tell you who lives and who dies…because that would just be rude. And we all know what Hannibal does to the rude. (more…)
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.
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
For some time we’ve known that a series based on the pre-Red Dragon partnership of FBI agent Will Graham and criminal psychologist-slash-cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lector was in development at NBC. The Bryan Fuller spearheaded series is on track to debut sometime mid-season in 2013, and indeed actor Hugh Dancy has already been cast as Graham. But as we wait word for what “40-ish British” actor had been hired to fill Anthony Hopkins’ shoes as Hannibal, there is some other news on the “Hannibal” front that has nothing to do with Hannibal.
Anyway, it seems that creating a series based on Thomas Harris’ novel series about Hannibal is such a great idea, that the cable network Lifetime is getting in on it with its new series called Clarice. In the “early stages of development,” this new series will “follow the exploits of a young Clarice Starling soon after she graduates from the FBI academy.”
You’ll recall that Clarice Starling is the main character of Silence of the Lambs, an FBI cadet who is sent to get insight from the imprisoned Dr Lector about the serial killer called The Tooth Fairy. Clarice was also in the Silence sequel Hannibal, in which she’s brought in to renew the manhunt for Lector after his escape years earlier at the end of Silence. It sounds like Clarice will fill in some of the detail during her years between Hannibal adventures.
No word yet on any cast members or showrunners. I get the impression it’s just an idea someone at Lifetime might have had at a barbeque over the long weekend, but it could be interesting. The real question is if the eventual creators will be able to avoid wedging Hannibal in somewhere, or maybe even have him as a guest star during sweeps.
More news as it develops.