Just weeks after casting Laurence Fishburne in the traditionally caucasian role of FBI boss Jack Crawford, NBC has decided to flip the casting script on another established character in the Hannibal Lecter universe.
According to TV Line, former Camelot actress Lara Jean Chorostecki has been tapped to play the character of unethical tabloid reporter Freddie Lounds, normally spelled Freddy. Lecter fans will remember that Lounds was first played on screen by Terra Nova's Stephen Lang in Michael Mann's 1986 film Manhunter. The character was again brought to life by Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2002's Red Dragon.
Freddie/Freddy Lounds met a horrifically bad end in both of those films, but one would assume that the character will have a longer shelf life in an ongoing TV series. I also have to wonder whether Lara Jean's interpretation of the character will be as epically sleazy as those done by her two male counterparts.
Chorostecki is just the latest addition to an already stacked cast, that not only includes the aforementioned Fishburne, but also features British actor Hugh Dancy as FBI Agent Will Graham, former Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen as our favorite cannibalistic serial killer, and Wonderfalls' Caroline Dhavernas as Lecter's young protege in the psychiatric field.
I really was quite skeptical when this project was first announced, but NBC and Bryan Fuller have really put together an impressive cast to populate this TV adaptation of the works of Thomas Harris. I am now firmly in the camp of wanting to check out the premiere episode, which still doesn't have a set debut date by the way. NBC needs to announce that already.
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