‘Wonderfalls’ Star Cast As ‘Hannibal’ Lead

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Another day and another casting announcement for Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series has been announced. At the moment, Fuller’s re-imagining of Thomas Harris’ most famous character boasts one of the more impressive casts for a television series in quite a while. Now, Fuller is adding a new name to the ensemble by bringing his former Wonderfalls star, Caroline Dhavernas, into the fray.

Dhavernas will reportedly be taking on the part of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) protégé Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom. Though Dr. Bloom studied under Lecter, she now teaches psychology at Georgetown University, while acting as an FBI consultant and criminal profiler – a moonlighting gig that affords her the opportunity to introduce Lecter to Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), and effectively set into motion the course of events that will see Hannibal Lecter make the acquaintance of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

In addition to headlining the critically acclaimed Wonderfalls, Dhavernas was recently seen in the more mercifully short-lived medical drama Off the Map (also known as Grey’s Anatomy in the jungle), as well as a role in the HBO miniseries The Pacific.

Fans of Harris’ novels will note that Fuller has altered Dr. Bloom by flipping the character’s gender, a la Starbuck in Battlestar Galactica – a move that will certainly add some much-needed depth to the all-male cast that’s already in place. Reportedly, tabloid journalist Freddy Lounds is also set to undergo a similar switch, as the character will now be a TMZ-style blogger called Fredricka Lounds.

If you’re left wondering just how the guy who created Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies will fare handling serial killer material, you needn’t worry. Fuller has brought along former Dexter executive producer Sara Colleton to help out. All those years of guiding Miami’s unsung vigilante should be of considerable use, especially since Hannibal plans to tell the story of the rather unusual relationship between Lecter and Graham, by starting well before Lecter had become known as “Hannibal the cannibal.”

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The plan, according to Fuller, is to begin Lecter’s story by introducing him with a temperament he’s not previously been portrayed as having – something along the lines of a more pleasant disposition, as he assists Graham and the FBI in tracking down other killers, all the while committing murders himself. It’s all a part of the incredibly large story arc Fuller has plotted for charismatic killer; one which chronicles Hannibal’s journey from respected psychologist, to hunted killer, and finally, the incarcerated manipulator he became infamous for in films like Red Dragon and the Academy Award-winning The Silence of the Lambs.

How big of a role Dr. Bloom will have is unknown at the moment, but considering Dhavernas’ history with Fuller, chances are Dr. Bloom will be an important member of the team during the series’ first season. The question of where Dhavernas will stand in later seasons won’t be answered until (and if) Hannibal proves worthy of such a continuation.

At any rate, the cast of Hannibal is getting more impressive as it creeps closer to production. Hopefully, the names attached to the series are a testament to the quality of Fuller’s work and vision, and the series will live up to his rather lofty ambitions.


Screen Rant will have more news regarding Hannibal as it is made available.

Source: TVLine

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  1. The ‘incredibly large story arc’ is what has me worried this may be prematurely cancelled – I myself love these slow-burn type of stories, especially since we know what we’re gonna get, but audiences who are not as familiar with Lecter or who may be less patient might not be as kind as to wait a few seasons for him to turn killer.

    That said Fuller has a pretty damn good track record, and while his solo creative stuff has unfortunately not been very appealing to the masses, he’s usually done very very well when given something a little more mainstream to work with. Got high hopes for this one.

    • That is good question. When he will become killer, ?
      I was hoping in mid season 1.So for half season he would assist police, but after 6-7 episode he would commit murder.

    • I actually really liked a couple of his shows, like Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me, but Heroes was really not very good (although he bears little responsibility for it) and Pushing Daisies was just obnoxious (and he did bear part of the responsibility for it).

      That said, he’s an excellent writer and it’s a shame his talent is wasted on a pointless adaptation/remake when he is fully capable of creating something original and great.

  2. First,I’m really surprised that the article would mention that the actress is from Wonderfalls.While I really enjoyed that show,and even own it on DVD,I really don’t think that many people remember that it was even on the air,but I could be wrong.The last thing that I saw Caroline Dhavernas in was Devil.

    Also,I think this is the first time that I’m hearing of this project,but I’m already sold if Mads Mikkelsen is in it.

  3. Caroline is a great actress. It’s just sad to see her and Fuller’s talent wasted on a useless, uninteresting, umpteenth rehash of a story and characters that should have been left alone long ago.

    Also, the presence of a Dexter producer does nothing to reassure that it will be any good.