Gillian Anderson Joins NBC Series “Hannibal”

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The premiere of NBC’s upcoming series based on the infamous character of Hannibal Lector is looming closer and with that new cast members are being confirmed. The new series aptly entitled, “Hannibal” is set to star “The X-Files” star Gillian Anderson in the role of psychiatrist to Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).

Bryan Fuller, genius behind to soon cancelled series “Pushing Daisies” and “Dead Like Me,” will be the showrunner for the new series. With Fuller at the helm this stands to have a good chance at being pure awesome.

“Hannibal” will also star Hugh Dancy and Lawrence Fishburne. The official plot description is as follows:

One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller, based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Will Graham is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew…

“Hannibal” is expected to debut sometime in 2013.

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