Gay geek, pop culture loving heads are about to explode.
The new series ‘Hannibal’ – currently in production, and based on the Thomas Harris novels – was already pretty LGBT, admittedly: developed by Bryan Fuller (Star Trek, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies) and with recurring roles for Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall) and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (Leap of Faith, Company – in which he was dead sexy).
Gay Broadway nerds will also drool over the casting of Ellen Greene, aka Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors. The talented cast is led by Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham and Mads Mikkelson (Casino Royale) as Hannibal Lecter. Throw in a recurring role for Laurence Fishburne, and how could ‘Hannibal’ get any better?
Gillian Anderson, that’s how. The iconic actor of X-Files fame was recently cast in a recurring role as Lecter’s psychotherapist Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier – and how fantastic is that for a character name?
While Anderson doesn’t identify as LGBT, she did reveal having had lesbian relationships in a famous interview earlier this year with Out … even if she still likes boys (and there’s nothing wrong with that).
Filming for ‘Hannibal’ is being done in Toronto. The 13-episode first series – picked up without a pilot on the strength of Fuller’s script – is set to air mid-season next year on NBC.