‘Hannibal’ TV Series Casts Gillian Anderson for Multi-Episode Therapist Storyline

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Though they eventually became redundant within the context of the series’ storyline, the moments that best defined the early seasons of The Sopranos were those between Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). Despite Tony’s obstinate attitude, their therapy sessions helped viewers get under the skin of the troubled Mafia boss in a way that felt simultaneously organic and piercing.

Now, it looks like another crime series about a quiet monster may try the same tactic – although Hannibal Lecter’s crimes and passions are decidedly different than Tony Soprano’s. The upcoming television adaptation of Thomas Harris’s Hannibal has cast actress Gillian Anderson as the not-so-good doctor’s own therapist. Let the games begin.

EW has reported that Gillian Anderson has been cast for a three-episode arc of the upcoming crime procedural/thriller Hannibal. Anderson is set to play Bedelia du Maurier, Hannibal Lecter’s long-suffering therapist. This is Anderson’s first role on American television since 2002.

Best known for her role as Agent Dana Scully in the science-fiction procedural The X-Files, Gillian Anderson has spent the last ten years acting in various films (The Last King of Scotland, Johnny English Reborn) and British television productions such as the recent adaptation of Great Expectations.

Anderson’s casting confirms that Hannibal‘s production is assembling what looks like a first-rate cast. The series will star Danish heavy Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising) as Dr. Hannibal Lecter – though the early going of the story will feature a Lecter whose cannibalistic tendencies are still unknown to the public at large. Also starring are Hugh Dancy (Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Hannibal’s protégé, Agent Will Graham, Laurence Fishburne (Man of Steel) as dyspeptic unit-head Agent Jack Crawford, and Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall) as Jimmy Price. Though eclectic, this gathering of actors gives the somewhat-oddball production an air of real promise.

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In addition to adding yet more name power to Hannibal‘s roster, Gillian Anderson’s role as a psychiatrist is genuinely intriguing. Throughout his many iterations – whether played by Brian Cox, Anthony Hopkins, or Gaspard Ulliel – we have seen Hannibal Lecter match wits with people outside his field of study and rarely meet his equal. While we don’t know the tone of any scenes between Lecter and Dr. du Maurier, one can only hope that they will allow Mikkelsen and Anderson to flex their dramatic muscles and really get into it as psychiatrists. This article began by comparing the pairing to that of Tony Soprano and Dr. Melfi, but one can only hope that the comparison will only be a passing one. The possible interplay between the embodiments of Dana Scully and Le Chiffre is too delicious a prospect to let slide into cliches.

Hannibal will stalk its way onto NBC in early 2013.


Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. She might be the only reason that could make me watch that show. Smart move. :D

  2. This is really shaping to be amazing show.
    With already planed 7 seasons, I think both creator and writers are know what are they doing.

  3. Darn it!!!! Now I have to watch this show!
    Because if I don’t the 18yr old Kevin7 will travel through time to today and kill me because he was in love with Gillian Anderson from 1993-2000. :)

  4. @ Kyle Hembree I love the last line of your article: “The possible interplay between the embodiments of Dana Scully and Le Chiffre is to delicious a prospect to let slide into cliches.”

    Hmm… I`m sort of wondering is your use of the word “delicious” a Hannibal pun ;) In any case: What you wrote here got me very enthusiastic about this project :) These two actors are very refined, elegant and sophisticated. Its possible that they could have chemistry on par with David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson. I love her… I`m glad to see that she`s working in America again. She has a great voice too. I wish Ms. Anderson did more video game voice acting. That would be swell :P

  5. I´ve seen some recent pictures of Anderson the other day. With the amount of money she must have spent on plastic surgery, I could travel around the world a dozen times…

    • Yeah, it’s a shame. She looked her best with those rosy cheeks of hers. But I guess even the best succumb to Hollywood superficiality. :P

    • Doesn’t look like she had plastic surgery. At least not to me. She looks good thou. Aged well. Perhaps a bit skinny but she’s so small.

      • Doesn’t it look like she has had a nose-job? Hmmm…. I don’t know….

        • That image looks photoshopped. She has been on a lot of TV in the UK over the last decade and doesn’t look like she’s had work done. Check her out as Ms Faversham in “Great expectations”. She’s playing an aging mad lady, but she’s still pretty damn hot!

  6. Cross over with “Bates Motel”, perhaps? :p

  7. Gillian? Now I have to watch the show.

  8. Is Gillian Anderson’s character real? He brought up her attack by a patient. Could that have been him? Is he imaging what he would say to her. She said he wears a person suit and had made veiled references to knowledge of his darker side. When Will came to see Hannibal, Hannibal was drinking a glass of wine and said he did so after his session. But he was at his office, not the other doctors.