Gillian Anderson returning to TV to play Hannibal Lecter's therapist

We don't see a lot of Gillian Anderson lately, but when she's coming back to genre television, that's pretty noteworthy! After a ten-year absence from American television, the former X-Files star is set to play a recurring role as Hannibal Lecter's therapist on NBC's upcoming Hannibal series. I like this news. I like it bunches. And not just because Anderson will get to wear better blazers onscreen. (via CNN's The Marquee)



      1. “I know, right? So this guy is all, ‘Hey that’s my kidney,’ and I’m coming at him with the knife, which of course I don’t need, and it’s like ‘What the hell, dude? I’m tryna kill you here, don’t try to have a conversation about it.'”

        Vince Vaughn in “The Dextopranos.”

      1. Oof… good choice.  Mads does ‘predatory’ exceptionally well, and it’s about time we saw more of this actor here in the U.S..  He can compete with all the Swedish actors who have come to Hollywood looking for work… not that I’m complaining.

    1. Did you even see the last one?

      I got the same feeling from it that I did when I realized Santa wasn’t real…so depressing

      1. Little known fact: before his family had their name corrupted coming through Ellis Island, it was spelled “Lickter.”

  1. This makes perfect sense to me, as I always thought that her Scully character was cast in the mold of Jodi Foster’s role in Silence of the Lambs.

      1. Her English accent, actually.  She was born in Chicago, but she picked up the accent during 6 or so childhood years in London.  She moved to Michigan when she was 11.

  2. I was never a big fan of “The X File” or indeed anything Gillian Anderson was in… until I saw the 2005 BBC version of “Bleak House.” When that series came out on DVD, I ordered it on Netflix, watched the first episode, sent it back immediately, and ordered it on Amazon. Hands down best Dickens adaptation ever.

  3. Hey I’m actually in this! Hannibal is played by Mads Mikkelson (the baddie from Casino Royale). God that guy looks creepy…

      1. Although he’s undeniably handsome, his smile has about it that “shark preparing to bite” quality.

          1. That I cannot answer.  It’s a mystery.  Perhaps meant to disguise the fact that he’s well known in his home country as a comedian, not as a bad ass?

  4. Gillian Anderson was at Dragon Con this year.   She was describing this BBC production she just did, THE FALL, where she’s a British cop sent to Belfast to deal with a serial killer, or something like that.   Sounded interesting.   I hope it airs on BBC America sometime.

  5. I know… I’m clueless.  I have never gotten the appeal of Hannibal. There’s enough stupid shit in the world without having to follow the adventures of a cannibal?  No matter how erudite he may be.  Somebody clue me in.

      1. Did you just arrive here from 1993? I can relate! Because I’m a time traveller from 2006 and seem to be the only one around here who appreciates “Lost.”

    1. He’s a minor but plot-critical character in Red Dragon, Thomas Harris’ second novel (and also a minor character in the first movie adaptation, Manhunter). Harris brought him back for Silence of the Lambs, in which he’s much more fully-fleshed out; he’s sort of an ubermensch who eats people mostly because he considers most of them to be little better than cattle. That’s really the appeal of the character; if you have even a little bit of highbrow culture appreciation, if you like good food and art and classical music, and feel alienated by the unwashed masses with their junk food and Jersey Shore and autotuned “music”, then you can kind of dig where he’s coming from: like him, you feel imprisoned by your inferiors, and if you have to escape over the bodies of a couple of hillbillies, what of it?

      Of course, that doesn’t mean that the books themselves haven’t fallen in quality. Harris doesn’t work very fast, and I thought that Hannibal, published eleven years after TSotL, didn’t have much to show for the time; it’s a collection of ever-more-ridiculous grotesqueries, including one scene where Lecter licks the steering wheel of Agent Starling’s car. And that’s not even getting to the main villain, who literally drinks martinis laced with the tears of children. Hannibal Rising spent a lot of time on Lecter’s origin, when the big secret was already told in the previous book.

      You might have guessed that I don’t have high hopes for the series. But, who knows? At any rate, it should do until Anderson finds something better, we don’t see enough of her.

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