The upcoming Hannibal TV series, created by the fantastic Bryan Fuller, is shaping up to be quite the event. So much so that the director of the pilot, David Slade, and series Hannibal, Mads Mikkelsen both left high-profile comic book movies for this show.
Now the show has snagged a seasoned acting veteran for an important recurring role, as learned by The Hollywood Reporter:
Laurence Fishburne is on Hannibal Lecter’s case. NBC’s upcoming Hannibal take has added the former CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actor to play Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s behavioral sciences unit… Fishburne will recur in the role played by Dennis Farina (Manhunter), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) and Harvey Keitel (Red Dragon) in the feature film takes based on the Thomas Harris novels.
Fishburne is a great addition to an already well put together cast. This is one of those projects that seemed suspect on paper, but now that it is actually all coming together it has piqued our interest.
Hannibal follows a prequel story line from the Harris novels and films, but leads into Red Dragon should the series last into its third season. Knowing a defined arc with a predetermined destination is one of those touches that proves to us why we have faith in Fuller as a show creator.
The series has a 13 episode mid-season order on NBC, keep tuned to The Flickcast for any new updates about this intriguing new series.