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NBC Castings: Mads Mikkelsen in ‘Hannibal’ (UPDATE: Hettienne Park) & Jerry O’Connell & Mariana Klaveno in ‘Mockingbird Lane’

Posted at September 5, 2012 by 0 Comment

[UPDATE #6] Scott Thompson has joined the Bryan Fuller adaptation of Thomas Harris books, Hannibal. Thompson will recur as Jimmy Price, “the third member of the FBI crime scene investigation team headed by Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s behavioral science unit. Jimmy specializes in fingerprinting and spatter patterns at crime scenes.”

[UPDATE #5] Hannibal is adding Hettienne Park (Young Adult, Bride Wars and episodes ofMercy and The Good Wife as a potential love interest okaying recurring character Beverly Katz, “a bright-eyed yet weary crime scene investigator who specializes in working with fibers. She’s part of a team of three who piece evidence together. When she first encounters Will (Hugh Dancy), she confronts the criminal profiler about his unusual role with the FBI and flags the special treatment he receives. While the duo initially clashes, their relationship could potentially become a romantic one.”

[UPDATE #4] Hannibal has cast its female lead in Caroline Dhavernas, reuniting her with Bryan Fuller from their Wonderfalls days. She’ll play Dr. Alana Bloom, an FBI consultant and psychology professor. “Per the story, Bloom knows Will, but fears for his safety after he’s recruited by Crawford.”

[UPDATE #3] We finally have our first look at Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane. See it after the jump.

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[UPDATE #2] Bryan Fuller is rounding the cast of Hannibal with Laurence Fishburne. The actor is circling the series to join in the “pivotal role of Jack Crawford, the agent-in-charge at the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI who is tasked with tracking down a certain flesh-eating serial killer.” The character of Crawford has been played by Dennis Farina in Manhunter, Scott Glenn in Silence of the Lambs, and Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon.

[UPDATE #1] Mockingbird Lane has found its Lily Munster in Portia de Rossi. The Arrested Development star will play the matriarch in NBC’s reboot of the classic black and white comedy The Munsters original played by Yvonne De Carlo. Series creator Bryan Fuller commented on the tone of the series:

“The script is such a dramatic departure from the tone and style of the original show. If we continued to call the show The Munsters, people are just going to to think we’re doing The Munsters. We’re doing a reinvention and re-imagination of this property. I love the Universal monsters. I love The Creature from the Black LagoonThe Invisible ManThe WolfmanPhantom of the OperaThe Mummy. There’s so many great characters we can run through this metaphor of family storytelling that it just felt it was ripe to do as a one-hour dramedy. Having all those elements to play with, the toy box is really, really full.”

[Original] Bryan Fuller is reviving NBC slowly, but surely. The creator behind Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies and Heroes (during its respected first season), Fuller has recently signed a talent deal over at NBC to develop projects which are now two high-profile and buzz-worthy projects getting big steps forward. Hannibal has cast its titular lead with Mads Mikkelsen and Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of The Munsters, has cast Jerry O’Connell and possibly Mariana Klaveno.

No, it’s not Anthony Hopkins reprising his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal Lecter, but something nearly if not equally as intriguing. The NBC series Hannibal has  just cast Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal psychiatrist. Mikkelsen has just won the “Best Actor” prize at the Cannes Film Festival for The Hunt and landed a plum villain role in Thor 2. Mikkelsen was previously seen in Casino Royale and Clash of the Titans.

See our previous coverage on Hannibal here.

Meanwhile on Mockingbird Lane, Jerry O’Connell has been tapped to star as the Herman Munsters, the family patriarch. ”In Mockingbird Lane, the Frankenstein-inspired Herman is a mishmash of parts from other people and in a constant state of decay. The show’s pilot script has a subplot about Herman desperately needing a new heart — which involves finding a living “donor” for a replacement.” Eddie Izzard was previously cast as the vampire Grandpa.

Bryan Fuller tells EW, “We want this show to be an American Harry Potter, to have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family and find stories told in a fantastical way that are instantly relatable. It’s an American Horror Story that the whole family can watch.”

Check out some concept photos here:

[photos, http://insidetv.ew.com/2012/04/12/munsters-mockingbird-lane/2/]

Mariana Klaveno has also been cast as Lily Munster, but her deal is “contingent on her being released from a pilot she had a regular role on, ABC’s Devious Maids. Klaveno is not one of the leads onDevious Maids and has just a few lines in the pilot. But, in light of the project’s possible move to Lifetime, in an act of gamesmanship or a mix of both, Devious Maids producer ABC Studios has so far refused to release the actress… NBC is even willing to let Klaveno recur onDevious Maids in exchange for securing her in first position to Mockingbird Lane where she would play the female lead.”

Source: Deadline, EW, Deadline

UPDATE: EW, TVLine, /Film, EW, THR, THR

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