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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.”