An offer has been made for legendary musician/actor David Bowie, pictured above, to appear on season two of “Hannibal,” showrunner Bryan Fuller tells E! News.
“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.
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.