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X-Files' Gillian Anderson Joins HANNIBAL TV Series

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The X-Files star Gillian Anderson is the most recent actor to join the cast of NBC's serial killer series Hannibal. According to EW Anderson will play a psychiatrist to Hannibal Lecter played by Mads Mikkelsen. Anderson makes a great addition to the cast, which also includes Hugh Dancy who plays FBI agent Will Graham, and Laurence Fishburne as his boss Jack Crawford.

Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) wrote and is producing the cannibalistic serial killer series, which is based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. The series takes us back to the beginning of the two main characters' relationship. The story will follow Graham as he tries to solve a series of murders and enlists the help of brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Lecter... unaware the good doctor is secretly a cannibalistic killer. 

Here's the official description of the series:

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, based on the characters from Thomas Harris' classic novels, we see where this incredible story began.

Will Graham 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...

The show is set to debut sometime in 2013.

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