Gillian Anderson is making a grand return to television
The `X-Files` actress` big comeback will see her play a therapist in Bryan Fuller`s serial killer thriller `Hannibal`, based on Thomas Harris` novels about psychiatrist turned flesh-eater Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
Bryan - who is writing and producing the series - commented: "Every therapist needs their own head examined and we are ecstatic that Gillian Anderson has chosen `Hannibal` to mark her return to American television after 10 years to portray Dr. Lecter`s personal psychiatrist.
"Her intelligence and sophistication, not to mention her pedigree of ground-breaking TV, make her the perfect actress to match wits and psychological manipulations with one of the greatest villains of pop culture. I couldn`t be more excited."
According to Entertainment Weekly, Gillian will star as Bedelia Du Maurier in the gritty new show, playing murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter`s own personal therapist alongside a cast including Hugh Dancy, Eddie Izzard and Molly Shannon as well as leading man Mads Mikkelsen.
The 44-year-old actress was reportedly in line to play Clarice Starling in `Hannibal`, the 2001 sequel to `Silence of the Lambs`, after Jodie Foster dropped out - but she was replaced by Julianne Moore since her `X-Files` contract forbid her to star as another FBI Agent.
The series is expected to air in 2013.