It’s been a decade since The X-Files came to its televised conclusion – it was allowed to live on in a couple of theatrical films – and series star Gillian Anderson has mostly stayed away from TV roles since her time as Agent Scully came to an end. She’s been sticking to miniseries, such as Encore’s Moby Dick, and British TV since 2002, but she’s breaking her ten-year long streak and returning to American television with a role in the Bryan Fuller thriller Hannibal. It makes you wonder; if Hannibal can grab the attention of someone like Anderson, perhaps it has more potential than might be immediately thought.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Anderson’s return will put her in the shoes of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, the therapist of the one and only Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelson). “Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn’t be more excited,” said Fuller on Anderson’s casting. She’s been hired on for a multi-episode arc. It’s okay to admit if you’re starting to think perhaps this therapist will be one of Hannibal’s early victims. We still don’t really know how this series will work on television, but I hope it won’t take too long before Hannibal’s body count starts to rise.
Here’s a bit of trivia for you: according to IMDB, Anderson was up for the role of Clarice Starling in the 2001 theatrical film Hannibal, the role Jodi Foster played in The Silence of Lambs and would have played again if she hadn’t turned down the sequel. Julianne Moore eventually went on to take the part of Clarice in Hannibal.
Hannibal the TV series still has no premiere date, but you should expect it to pop up midseason – so sometime in the early months of the New Year. I hope Anderson’s casting, though it’s only for a few episodes, will drum up curiosity for the series. And I really hope Hannibal isn’t a big letdown.