Gillian Anderson Cast as Therapist on Hannibal

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Gillian Anderson is headed back to television.

The beloved X-Files alum has signed on for an arc on Bryan Fuller’s upcoming Hannibal, the NBC drama that chronicles the early relationship of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

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According to Entertainment Weekly, Anderson will portray Lecter's therapost, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. She will appear on at least three episodes.

“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 personal psychiatrist,” Fuller said in a 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.”

Hannibal is expected to premiere in late spring.

The show's cast also includes Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Izzard, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, Ellen Greene and Chelan Simmons.

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    I remember her saying once that when she played Scully, she based her performance on Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs. How cool that it is her turn to face Hannibal!

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    I am with you on that. What an interesting mix of real talent.

    Joyeful

    I may have give this a shot. The casting is excellent.

    Of course, given that it IS on NBC, how well they'll air it is the biggest question...

    Aries93

    Hannibal is sounding really good. Do I dare tune in?




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