Hannibal Scoop: Bryan Fuller Taps Wonderfalls' Caroline Dhavernas as Female Lead

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A talking lion figurine told us something great Wednesday night: Wonderfalls sweetheart Caroline Dhavernas will be part of the Hannibal cast.

Just kidding about the lion – it was actually showrunner Bryan Fuller, the man behind both the single-season cult hit and NBC’s upcoming horror series, who tweeted the news. “CAST #Wonderfalls #Hannibal” said his cryptic message, accompanied by a photo of Dhavernas in her Wonderfalls days.

We hear that the actress will play a series regular named Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom, a psychiatric protege of Hannibal Lecter’s who teaches psychology at Georgetown University and is consulting with the FBI on criminal profiling when she introduces her mentor to Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford.

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Hannibal is, of course, NBC’s contemporary series take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel. Written and exec-produced by Fuller, the series 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.

Dhavernas most recently starred in Shonda Rhimes’ short-lived medical soap, Off the Map.

Hannibal is slated for a mid-season premiere.

Comments (22)

  • OMG! Love Wonderfalls and Caroline Dhavernas. I will definitely check this out now.

    Comment by Russ – August 1, 2012 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Weee’re bobbin’ along in a baaa-rell…”

    Yup, that’ll be in my head all night now. Yay for her!

    Comment by J – August 1, 2012 07:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Some of us tip right over the edge…

      Comment by madhatter360 – August 1, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • But there’s one thing really mystifying…

        Comment by John – August 1, 2012 07:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • “It’s got me laughing, now it’s got me crying….”

          I wasn’t planning to watch Hannibal, but now I’ll definitely be tuning in to see the awesome Caroline Dhavernas!

          Comment by Mena – August 1, 2012 08:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • All my life I will be death defying.

            Comment by Michelle R. (@MsMichelleR) – August 1, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  
          • ‘Til I know…

            Comment by Russ – August 2, 2012 02:13 AM PDT  
          • I wonder wonder why the wonderfalls

            Comment by TigerNightmare – August 2, 2012 03:01 AM PDT  
          • I wonder why the wonder falls on me

            Comment by Jay – August 2, 2012 09:19 PM PDT  
  • So glad to see Fuller and Dhavernas together once again. I really wanted to see her make a small appearance in Dead Like Me or Pushing Daisies.

    Comment by Isaac – August 1, 2012 07:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well this was definitely a good idea because I wasn’t planning to watch this…and now I am

    Comment by Taylah – August 1, 2012 07:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Wonderfalls and cannot wait to see her on TV again. Will DEFINITELY check out Hannibal now!

    Comment by tvaddict – August 1, 2012 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This show needs to be serialized.

    Twitter: @soldak13

    Comment by Sean – August 1, 2012 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, if Hannibal doesn’t do well, it won’t be for lack of a great cast.

    Comment by dryedmangoez – August 1, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Happy happy joy joy!

    Comment by bobbie – August 1, 2012 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was on the fence about watching this but definitely will now!!!! I was just thinking the other day I wish Caroline Dhavernas was in something new. Yay! One more reason to love Bryan Fuller.

    Comment by Lauren – August 1, 2012 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NEVER will I even turn this show on. From casting decisions to basic idea, this is a bastardization of the novels and of the characters already created and ingrained on our memory. A show or movie that looks back at Lecter’s earlier life….great idea. Completely rebooting and restructuring and bastardizing….poor choice.

    I will be sitting this one out.

    Comment by Ken – August 2, 2012 05:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad others love Wonderfalls as much as I do! I have never watched anything hannibal related, but I’ll probably check this out. Bryan Fuller is awesome.

    Comment by Leah – August 2, 2012 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent!

    Comment by Sheldon W. – August 2, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want WONDERFALLS back!

    Comment by Stacyh – August 4, 2012 07:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to make sweet love to her.

    Comment by Retnan – December 29, 2012 06:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE Hannibal! Super series!

    Comment by annathings – April 29, 2013 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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