Laurence Fishburne Joins ‘Hannibal’ Cast

The cast of Hannibal just landed a pretty big name. Laurence Fishburne will play FBI agent Jack Crawford in a recurring role on the NBC show.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Matrix actor will be playing FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit Leader Jack Crawford, the same character played by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs and Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon.

Fishburne joins a cast that already includes Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen.

Bryan Fuller, who is writing and producing the show, said:

“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… I cannot imagine a better cast for Hannibal than the one we’ve assembled.”

Are you excited to see Hannibal Lecter on the small screen?

Thomas Harris’ novels have already been recreated on the big screen in movies like Silence Of The Lambs, Red Dragon, Hannibal, and Manhunter. It will be interesting to see Dr. Hannibal Lecter in a regular television series.

According to IMDB:

“(Hannibal) explores the early relationship the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers

The first season of Hannibal will premiere mid-season on NBC.