We have a casting update for the Hannibal TV series, revealing who will be playing the female lead in the show. Caroline Dhavernas (Devil, pictured below) will play the role of “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.”
If you missed the previous casting news, Caroline Dhavernas will be joined by Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham. Laurence Fishburne is playing FBI Agent Jack Crawford, who is in charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI and will eventually be given the job of tracking down Hannibal Lecter.
As for who is playing the famous title character, Casino Royale‘s Mad Mikkelsen has been cast, with David Slade (30 Days of Night, Eclipse) directing the pilot episode. 13 one-hour episodes have already been ordered for the first season and here is what you can expect from the initial story arc:
One of the most fascinating literary characters comes to life on television for the first time: psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In this new drama from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”), based on the characters from Thomas Harris’ classic novels, we see where this incredible story began. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy, “The Big C”) is a gifted criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI. Graham’s unique way of thinking gives him the astonishing ability to empathize with anyone – even psychopaths. He seems to know what makes them tick. But when the mind of the twisted killer he’s pursuing is too complicated for even Will to comprehend, he enlists the help of Dr. Lecter, one of the premier psychiatric minds in the country. Armed with the uncanny expertise of the brilliant doctor, Will and Hannibal (known as a serial killer only to the audience) form a brilliant partnership and it seems there’s no villain they can’t catch. If Will only knew… Fuller is writer and executive producer. Martha De Laurentis (“Red Dragon,” “Hannibal”), Sara Colleton (“Dexter”), Jesse Alexander (“Lost”, “Heroes”), and Katie O’Connell also serve as executive producers. David Slade is the director/executive producer for the series pilot. “Hannibal” is produced by Gaumont International Television.”