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'Twilight Saga's Eclipse' Helmer David Slade Set to Direct NBC's 'Hannibal'

March 31, 2012 (5:38 am) GMT
In addition to serving behind the lens for the pilot, the '30 Days of Night' director will executive produce the first episode of the upcoming drama series.

David Slade has been hired to tackle the helming duty for the first episode of NBC's "". The British film director, who has directed an episode of "" and the pilot for "", will also serve as an executive producer for the new show's pilot.

The Peacock picked up "Hannibal" from Bryan Fuller straight to series with a 13-episode order. The show will focus on FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who are "re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship."

, who recently recurred on Showtime's "", is on board to play Graham. The title character, however, is yet to be cast.

Slade's feature film credits include directing "", "" and "". He most recently directed the pilot for Lifetime's drama "".

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