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

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.

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  1. Russ says:

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

  2. J says:

    “Weee’re bobbin’ along in a baaa-rell…”

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

  3. Isaac says:

    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.

  4. Taylah says:

    Well this was definitely a good idea because I wasn’t planning to watch this…and now I am

  5. tvaddict says:

    I loved Wonderfalls and cannot wait to see her on TV again. Will DEFINITELY check out Hannibal now!

  6. Sean says:

    This show needs to be serialized.

    Twitter: @soldak13

  7. dryedmangoez says:

    Well, if Hannibal doesn’t do well, it won’t be for lack of a great cast.

  8. bobbie says:

    Happy happy joy joy!

  9. Lauren says:

    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.

  10. Ken says:

    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.

  11. Leah says:

    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.

  12. Sheldon W. says:


  13. Stacyh says:

    I want WONDERFALLS back!

  14. Retnan says:

    I want to make sweet love to her.

  15. annathings says:

    I LOVE Hannibal! Super series!