David Bowie offered role in 'Hannibal' season 2

Typically when you're looking for the Thin White Duke, he's driving from station to station... but you might just be able to find him on NBC next year. 

'Hannibal' executive producer Bryan Fuller has revealed that he's offered musician David Bowie a role on the second season of NBC's serial killer drama. 

"We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he's interested and available," Fuller told E! Online. "We would love for him to play Hannibal's uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books."

"We don't have an answer [from Bowie] yet," Fuller added. 

The character of Hannibal's uncle, Count Robert Lecter, isn't alive in the Thomas Harris novels upon which the series is based (he was killed by the Nazis) -- but don't expect that to stop him from popping up. "Since our timeline is a little more present, there's a little bit of J.J. Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could still be alive," Fuller said. 

It wouldn't be Bowie's first acting gig. He starred in the 1977 film 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' and more recently appeared in 2006's Christopher Nolan flick 'The Prestige,' where he played scientist Nikola Tesla. 

2013 has been a comeback year for the musician: he released 'The Next Day,' his first studio album in over ten years, back in March. 

Personally, though I would love to see Bowie come to television, I'd rather him stick with recording studio albums -- he's reportedly already at work on his next one. 

What do you think? Would you like to see Bowie on 'Hannibal'? 

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Written by: mcpherson
Jun 27th, 2013, 1:32 pm


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Message Posted On Jun 29th, 2013, 3:25 pm

Already being a fan of Hannibal and David Bowie, I think casting him is genius. Not only will the multitalented Mr. Bowie bring the same elegant sophistication to Count Robert that Mikkelsen brings to Hannibal, but attaching Bowie's name to the production will certainly intrigue many who have not yet seen the show.


Message Posted On Jun 27th, 2013, 10:47 pm
I's be amazed if he didn't take the offer. He's been able to constantly reinvent his career, but at this age he'd more likely be able to continue as an actor than as a musical performer. He is a good actor (when you discount his performance in Labyrinth.)

Message Posted On Jun 27th, 2013, 10:35 pm
If anyone, and I mean ANYONE, on this planet could play this specific role it's David Bowie. Mads Mikkelsen (sp?) already has such a strong presence on screen that finding an actor that could match this presence AND fit the mold seems like an impossible task. David Bowie would be a stroke of genius (and luck I guess) and I hope for the sake of the show and it's audience that Bowie agrees because he is not only one of the most talented and unique musicians of semi modern times, he is also a very gifted (almost brilliant) actor.
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