New Roles for Season Two of Hannibal

With the success of the first season of NBC’s Hannibal, it looks like there is already talk of new roles and potental new cast members for season two!

bowienewnew_325_jpgBryan Fuller and NBC have made an offer to David Bowie.  This piece of news was first reported by E! News.  They have him in mind for the role of Hannibal Lecter’s uncle, Count Robert Lecter.  Although this character was killed by Nazis in the original books by Thomas Harris, this doesn’t concern Fuller.  He explains that “Since our timeline is a little more present, there’s a little bit of J.J. Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could still be alive.”  There has yet to be an answer to the offer from Bowie.

Another role that will be added to season two will be Barney.  People remember him as an orderly at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, as he was featured in the Hannibal Lecter films.  In season two of NBC’s show, he will get a chance to interact with Will Graham(Hugh Dancy).  “That will be some fun stunt casting,” Fuller said. “I would love to bring in Chi McBride, if he’s available. There are so many great actors I would love to work with.”

Additionally, less of season two will be taken from the literature. Fuller gave this insight on the matter:

“We’re going to see Will Graham institutionalized, and what we know from Red Dragon, the backstory that is given, which is very, very thin, explains that Will Graham was so psychologically compromised from investigating the Minnesota case that he had to be institutionalized. And that’s sort of one sentence that we can do quite a bit with. As you can see from the first season, we held true to that backstory in a very faithful way, but obviously we took huge liberties in how we interpreted that one sentence. So right now, for Season Two, we are in fresh territory with a chapter that hasn’t even been written by Thomas Harris. It’s exciting.”

Season two of NBC’s Hannibal will air around mid-season next year; no exact premiere date has been announced yet.