Hannibal Casts Veep's Anna Chlumsky As FBI Trainee
It looks like Veep's Chief of Staff will soon be moonlighting with another branch of United States government. Anna Chlumsky might be busy during the day playing Amy Brookheimer on HBO's Emmy nominated political comedy but at night the right hand of Julia Louis Dreyfus' Vice President will fight crime for the FBI for Bryan Fuller's Hannibal.
The actress, who is probably still most famous for her role in My Girl, recently made a resurgence with a role in Armando Iannucci's Academy Award nominated In The Loop before working on the BAFTA winning writer-director's Veep. And, according to TVLine, Chlumsky has now lined up a guest spot on NBC's take on Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lector playing a part that sounds very reminiscent of Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs.
Chlumsky is playing Miriam Lass who, like Starling, is working as a FBI trainee under the supervision of Jack Crawford (Scott Glen in Silence and Laurence Fishburne in the upcoming series) and it will be interesting to see how Fuller, the wonderfully twisted writer behind the under appreciated Pushing Daisies, will play with that connection. The whole point of prequels is to show how the past shaped these famous characters into the future selves we've already met, maybe Lass will help explain why the iconic villain become so fond of Clarice? It was implied in SotL that Crawford sent Clarice based on some precedent; an appeal to the good doctor's taste.
Either way, I'm excited to find out since Gaumont International TV has put together one of the most promising new projects in Fuller's take on Hannibal. On top of the talented creator and sensational source material, the upcoming series has one of the most impressive casts with Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Catherine Dhavernas and Gina Torres as well as actors like Chlumsky, Molly Shannon and Eddie Izzard already on board for guest spots. The official premiere date for Hannibal hasn't been announced but expect it to hit NBC sometime early next year.
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