Gillian Anderson is returning to broadcast television.
The “X-Files” star will have a multiple- episode role on NBC’s “Hannibal.”
The Bryan Fuller drama is based on the books by Thomas Harris. Mads Mikkelsen, who played a James Bond villain, will play Hannibal in the 13- episode interpretation by the “Pushing Daisies” creator.
"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 (Mads Mikkelsen) personal psychiatrist," Fuller said in a released statement. "Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn't be more excited."
Anderson appeared recently in Encore’s “Moby Dick” and British TV series “The Fall.”
Interestingly, Anderson was in the running to play Clarice Starling in the 2001 film version of “Hannibal,” but her “X- Files” contract wouldn’t let her play another FBI agent.
Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, Ellen Greene and Chelan Simmons have also signed on.
The show is expected to premiere in late spring 2013.