UPDATED Exclusive: Laurence Fishburne Officially Joins Hannibal as G-Man Jack Crawford

Laurence Fishburne hasn’t lost his appetite for the small screen.

The former CSI detective has closed a deal to join the cast of Hannibal, NBC’s contemporary series take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel.

Fishburne will play the pivotal (recurring) role of Jack Crawford, the agent-in-charge at the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI who is tasked with tracking down a certain flesh-eating serial killer. Crawford was played by Dennis Farina in 1986 Manhunter, Scott Glenn in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs, and Harvey Keitel in 2002’s Red Dragon.

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The project, written and exec-produced by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and slated to debut at midseason, centers on the budding relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (played by Hugh Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) – who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

“Laurence Fishburne is an iconic man who has been making his cinematic mark since Apocalypse Now and it’s a thrill not only to work with him but to see such a brilliant, sophisticated actor step into the shoes of Thomas Harris’ brilliant, sophisticated character,” raved Fuller. “I cannot imagine a better cast for Hannibal than the one we’ve assembled.”

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  1. Gerald says:

    So when he said he wanted to focus on movies again and that was the reason he was leaving CSI…. it was a lie?

    • Templar says:

      TV, films, it doesn’t matter. He has all of the charisma of cold oatmeal. I won’t watch him in anything.

  2. Shane says:

    Well, not a detective; he was a CSI. ;)

  3. Sam says:

    I really don’t like his acting, but short of casting Adam Carolla in a major part, there is no way I’m not watching this.

  4. jess says:

    He pretty much killed CSI for me, so I won’t be watching him in anything.

  5. Seb says:

    Man the negativity, he’s a good actor and this series has tons of pitential , it will likely be very good but cancelled because people dont tune in and see its potential because well their closed minded like the people in these comments.

  6. chris says:

    Fishburne as an actor is about as good as it gets. Anything he does has depth and breadth beyond the norm. Why so much negativity? I, for one, will tune in each and every week to see what,”Choices” this fine actor has chosen to make.

  7. frank says:

    Ever hear the expression, “Pearls before swine?” It’s a pig, how is it to know it’s looking at pearls??
    Y’all need to enlighten-up. The man is nothing less that a pearl. I hope he joins the cast. I miss seeing him on the small screen.