Laurence Fishburne Cast in NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

by | July 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM | TV News

Laurence Fishburne (Photo: CBS)

Laurence Fishburne is returning to TV in a killer new show.

He’s joining the cast of “Hannibal,” NBC’s upcoming serial killer drama based on the Thomas Harris novels.

The former “CSI” star will play the recurring role of FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit leader Jack Crawford, the boss of FBI agent Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).

Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen plays Hannibal, a psychiatrist with a secret who helps them solve crimes.

“Laurence Fishburne is an iconic man who has been making his cinematic mark since Apocalypse Now and it’s a thrill not only to work with him but to see such a brilliant, sophisticated actor step into the shoes of Thomas Harris’ brilliant, sophisticated character,” says writer-producer Bryan Fuller in a statement, according to EW. “I cannot imagine a better cast for Hannibal than the one we’ve assembled.”

The first season of “Hannibal,” consisting of 13 episodes, will debut in midseason.

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