Gillian Anderson joins NBC's 'Hannibal'
December 13th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Gillian Anderson joins NBC's 'Hannibal'

NBC's new series "Hannibal" just nabbed an "X" factor.

Actress Gillian Anderson, beloved for her role as Agent Scully on "The X Files," has signed on to portray the therapist of psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter over a series of episodes, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Written and produced by Bryan Fuller, "Hannibal" has been described as a contemporary take on the story, and pulls from Thomas Harris' book, "Red Dragon."

"The Hunt's" Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as Dr. Lecter, and his budding bond with an FBI agent named Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) is at the heart of the series.

Fuller describes Anderson's casting as a surefire win.

"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," he said in a statement to EW. "Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, makes her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains in pop culture."

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  1. Sebastian2

    Interesting choice, as Dana Scully (Anderson's X-Files character) was largely inspired by "Silence of the Lambs" Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster). Just watch early episodes of X-Files and you'll see that the characters were almost doppelgangers (both in look and personality). Scully came into her own after a couple years, thanks largely in part to Anderson's own personality emerging from the powerful shadow of Jodie Foster.

    December 18, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Sebastian2 – that was the first thing I thought of when I had heard about Gillian's casting. Chris Carter had said in many interviews at the beginning of The X-Files that he based Scully on Clarice Starling. Like you said, she came into her own after the first few seasons and became a lot less Clarice-like. I think Gillian Anderson even had auditioned for the role of Clarice early in her career, but they thought she was too young for the part. Kind of weird how all this comes full circle now!

      June 1, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. mukazzi

    You can't just use "Red Dragon" to flesh out Hannibal -you must go to "Hannibal" (not the movie, the book) to understand the man. Granted, "Red Dragon" was a scarier read than "Silence of the Lambs."

    December 17, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. gills

    paid 7 for pants and found a jkt to on fruit...

    December 16, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hi!

    its more then 1 mon!

    December 15, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Putz

    monitor the fallen actress ...thanks!

    December 15, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mark

    That’s great news about Gillian Anderson since she’s one of my favorites. I’ve been interested in the Hannibal remake, and will be intrigued to see what Anderson role is in the series. I can’t wait for the premiere, and will be able to keep up with it through the PrimeTime Anytime on my DISH Hopper. Once enabled, my DVR automatically records three hours of the four major networks during primetime. I don’t need to set timers for programs on those channels anymore, which helps me keep up with shows when I work nights at DISH. I agree that it’s a surefire win since she’ll bring along a lot of fans happy to see her back on TV.

    December 14, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. pantsdown

    wait until you meet the director of the movie...he directs far better then most do--keep this pi centerpoint.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hollywood

    A big "Welcome Back" to a great actress.

    December 14, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Evel Knievel

    Shes got a fabulous five head going.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Santa's Helper

    Hollywood seems to prefer to just do remakes lately, why don't they do an X-Files remake? Scully & Mulder should come back ,after being abducted by aliens, many years later. They could be their own x-file.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. empresstrudy

    Yeah this sounds awful unless it's a comedy.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hablo

    I no hablo espaniol.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nate

    This might end up being a deacent show. I'm sure going to try a few episodes. Looking forward to it.

    December 13, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

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