NBC’s upcoming drama Hannibal is already getting plenty of press as creator Bryan Fuller slowly reveals just how much star power is behind his latest venture.
Hugh Dancy (Mr. Claire Danes and soon father-to-be) stars in the NBC show as a criminal profiler who is trying to find a serial killer. He hires Dr. Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen of James Bond fame) to help profile the criminals. Little does Dancy’s character know that Lecter is a psychiatrist-turns-serial killer! You may recognize Dancy from his roles in such major motion pictures as The Jane Austen Book Club and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Today NBC announced that Caroline Dhavernas will also join Hannibal as series regular Dr. Alana Bloom. Bloom is a psychology professor at the University of Chicago who moonlights as a consultant profiler for the FBI. This additions is exciting for fans of the cult classic FOX dramedy Wonderfalls. The short lived show only lasted one season, but still creates buzz for its quirky storyline and cast. Dharvernas starred in the Fuller show as Jaye Tyler, a grad student working a dead-end job in Niagara Falls.
Alongside Dhavernas, L.A. Complex star Aaron Abrams will also have a guest starring role throughout the debut season. He will play Brian Zeller, one of the three investigators at the FBI. He’s intended to fit the “geek” role necessary on any crime show. Dhavernas and Abrams are just the latest string of stars to sign on to the show.
NBC already confirmed that CSI and Matrix star Laurence Fishburne is also joining the cast in a recurring role. He will play Jack Crawford, an FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit Leader. Fuller is pleased with the addition of Fishburne, as well as the major players he has planned for the first season.
“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,” Fuller told Entertainment Weekly. “I cannot imagine a better cast for Hannibal than the one we’ve assembled.”
The story is based on Thomas Harris’ popular book series, broken into 13 episodes. Fuller explained at the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour that he already has the first two seasons planned out. "Season 1 is the bromance, Season 2 the horrible breakup," he said.
Hannibal will appear on NBC’s falls schedule.