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Laurence Fishburne joins TV's Hannibal

CSI, Laurence Fishburne

Story by Jack Foley

LAURENCE Fishburne has joined the cast of Hannibal as a recurring character.

The actor will play Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s behavioral sciences unit, in a role that has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Dennis Farina (Manhunter), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs) and Harvey Keitel (Red Dragon).

Mads Mikkelsen will play Hannibal, the psychiatrist-turned-serial killer, in the 13-episode drama from NMC, while Hugh Dancy is Will Graham, the criminal profiler who enlists Dr. Lecter’s help with a case while on the hunt for a serial killer.

Fishburne’s Crawford is described as a tough cop who seems to have been born to hunt serial killers but who lacks the type of empathy that informs the lives of both Will and Hannibal.

The role marks Fishburne’s first return to TV after his sudden departure from CBSCSI a year ago, when the Emmy-winning actor opted not to renew his deal to continue on the veteran procedural following a two-and-a-half-season run.

Hannibal is from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, while David Slade is directing. It will be a lengthy re-telling of Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon.

Fuller recently told Comic-Con that he envisaged several seasons of the show if fans take to it, teasing: “Season 1 is the bromance, Season 2 the horrible break-up.”

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