[News Bites] Meat Loaf Has ‘Stage Fright’, “Hannibal” Meets His Match And Lynn Cohen Catches ‘Fire’

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“Big Love” thesp Douglas Smith (Antiviral) is set to star opposite Meat Loaf (pictured; Rocky Horror Picture Show, Burning Bright) in the indie Stage Fright, reports Variety. Jerome Sable is helming from a script he wrote “About a teen who lands a role in a Broadway-bound show. Her joy disappears when the production is terrorized by a masked killer.

They also report that Lynn Cohen has been cast in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Mags, a past victor of the Hunger Games. Francis Lawrence directs with a release on November 22, 2013 release set. Filming of the sequel is expected to begin September. Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” story features a special edition of the Hunger Games every quarter-century in which tributes are “reaped” from the victors of past games.

In other news, NBC’s “Hannibal” has set the stage for a “Wonderfalls” reunion, tapping star Caroline Dhavernas as a series regular and adding L.A. Complex’s Aaron Abrams for a recurring role, states THR. Dhavernas will board the series as Dr. Alana Bloom, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago who also works as a consultant profiler for the FBI, while Abrams will play Brian Zeller, one of three crime scene investigators working with the agency.

Based the books by Thomas Harris, James Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen will play the psychiatrist-turned-serial killer in the 13-episode dramatic take from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller. Hugh Dancy stars as Will Graham, the criminal profiler who is on the hunt for a serial killer with the FBI and enlists Dr. Lecter’s help with the case.

Dhavernas’ character is an academic who does her best to keep her work at a strict intellectual distance from her private life, who knows that Will is spectacularly gifted at this kind of work — but believes he needs to keep many many firewalls between himself and the murderers he hunts. An honest, direct woman who would like to be Will’s friend, she fears that Jack Crawford’s recruitment of Will Graham might place Will in harm’s way. She ends up coming to Langley to be Will’s protector, and inadvertently falls for Jack. Abrams’ Brian is a medical school graduate and tech geek who uses forensic evidence and clues from victims’ corpses to determine how they died and who could be responsible. He’s astounded by the absurdity of the serial killer’s tactics and amazed with Will’s insight into the killer’s mind.

They join a cast that also includes Laurence Fishburne, who will recur as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s behavioral science unit.