X-citing Casting News: Gillian Anderson Joins NBC's Hannibal as [Spoiler]

gillian anderson blogSpecial Agent Dana Scully is back on duty.

The X-FilesGillian Anderson has joined the cast of NBC’s Hannibal, EW.com reports.

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In a three-episode arc, Anderson will play the personal therapist of the titular Dr. Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen).

The upcoming drama, a contemporary take on the characters from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, is written and executive-produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies). It focuses on the fledgling relationship between FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Lecter, his mentor.

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In the decade since X-Files wrapped, the actress has stayed away from American broadcast television, choosing instead to focus on projects like Encore’s Moby Dick and the British TV series The Fall.

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  1. Gilda says:

    Just convinced me to tune in!

  2. Michelle says:

    I will watch her episodes for sure!

  3. Jim says:

    I wasn’t at all interested in this but the cast is shaping up to be amazing

  4. JAA says:

    Best news ever although I hope Hannibal’s personal therapist doesn’t end up being the main course.

  5. Midori004 says:

    This show keeps getting better and better. Now can we just get it to move to a real station like FX or Showtime?

    • Gem says:

      That’s what NBC is going for! They’re trying to compete with your “real” stations and the way this show is shaping up I’d say they are succeeding.

  6. Remer says:

    Anderson actually auditioned for the role of Clarice Starling when Jodie Foster decided not to reprise the role in the film Hannibal. But her X-Files contract forbade her from playing another FBI agent. Guess she was waiting until she could star opposite a Hannibal…

    • David says:

      I read that in developing the X-Files, the producers or Fox basically wanted Jody Foster’s character, their own Clarice Starling and Gillian was it.

  7. stevie says:

    i’m in now!

  8. This is the best news ever. I wasn’t going to watch it (maybe for Anna Chlumsky), but now with Gillian in it I won’t miss an episode! Wise choice!

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  10. Sasha says:

    Best news ever! She needs to come back full time!

  11. mspenn1013 says:

    I saw a screener of the pilot and it was terrible. If I had been home, I would have turned it off.

  12. Seriously who is not in this show?! Can’t wait!

  13. Annika says:

    I’ve missed her on my screen!

  14. Nina says:

    BEST NEWS EVER! I will totally tune in to watch her. *-*

  15. Ruana Melo says:

    OMG, I will definitly watch this show, I mean… Is Gillian perfection Anderson!

  16. With Anderson… With definitely be tuning in!