David Bowie Offered Role on 'Hannibal'

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June 27th, 2013

David Bowie

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What goes well with a nice chianti and fava beans? David Bowie, apparently!

An offer has been made for Bowie to appear on season two of Hannibal, showrunner Bryan Fuller tells E! News exclusively.

"We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he's interested and available," Fuller reveals. "We would love for him to play Hannibal's uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books."

Fuller explains "we don't have an answer yet," but is hopeful Bowie can join the NBC series, which resumes production in August in Toronto.

Hannibal's uncle, Count Robert Lecter, was killed by Nazis in the books, but "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," Fuller explains.

Another pivotal role in season two will be that of Barney, an orderly at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, where Will Grant (Hugh Dancy) will be kept captive. "That will be some fun stunt casting," says Fuller. "I would love to bring in Chi McBride, if he's available. There are so many great actors I would love to work with."

Not much of season two will be taken from the literature, according to Fuller. "We're going to see Will Graham [Dancy] 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."

Hannibal, which has developed a devoted fan following and critical acclaim, has been renewed by NBC for a second season, despite less-than-blockbuster ratings in season one. The first season finale which aired, June 20,  [Spoiler Alert!] left Will Graham [Dancy] behind bars in the iconic Hannibal Lector prison jumpsuit, with Hannibal himself [Mads Mikkelsen] on the other side of the glass. Season two will be about Graham trying to prove his innocence for the crimes Hannibal committed.

  • The End

    Sounds like they’re planning long term with this, and have had the usual budget increase pretty much every show gets upon renewal.

    Makes me think if NBC doesn’t want it for a Season 3, they’ll push ahead regardless.

  • MichaelChickless

    That would be so cool!

    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.

    Go Fringe! ;-) :-)

  • John A

    Love that Fringe refrence go Hannibal.

  • joel

    That will only work if they turn it into a Murder Musical.

    Ashes to Ashes
    Under Pressure
    China Girl
    Space Oddity
    Rock n Roll Suicide

    Good murder material there.

  • Tessa

    And just when I thought I couldn’t love the show more. Oh please Fuller, spoil us some more. :D

    BTW those who don’t watch the show because it’s a “flop” or on NBC might want to reconsider. I promise you won’t regret it.

  • Alan

    @FLOP Detector
    I wish I could punch you right now. Do you even know who David Bowie is? You must be a 13-year old boy that doesn’t even know about good music. Bowie is history. I bet you must love Britney Spears, Lady Gaga or anything that gets played on the radio all the time.

  • TV Viewer

    David Bowie has also done a lot of acting work in the past, including the movies. He is not as good an actor/singer that Frank Sinatra or Judy Garland were, but, he can do an decent job with the right material.

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