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Gillian Anderson Joins the Cast of Hannibal

The X-Files‘ Gillian Anderson (Agent Scully) is the latest actress to join the cast of NBC’s Hannibal, which is currently shooting.  According to Entertainment Weekly, she’ll play Hannibal Lecter’s therapist!  Her role will carry her through a few episodes, says the site.

Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy and Laurence Fishburne star in the series as Lecter, Will Graham and Jack Crawford, respectively.

Hannibal will air sometime in 2013.  David Slade is helming the first episode and Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is serving as the showrunner.  The synopsis for those who have not read it…

One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI.

Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew… Starring brilliant young actor Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, “Hannibal” will breathe new life into a deadly classic.


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