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Laurence Fishburne May Tackle Pivotal Role on 'Hannibal'

July 24, 2012 (3:24 am) GMT
The former 'CSI' star is reportedly circling the role of FBI agent Jack Crawford on the TV adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel 'Red Dragon'.

After signing out from "", is apparently not completely leaving the small screen. The Tony Award winner is said to be currently in talks to join NBC's "".

According to TVLine, the Noland depicter in "" will be seen tackling a pivotal role of Jack Crawford, who is the Agent-in-Charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. The Peacock, however, remains mum on the possible casting of Fishburne.

Crawford has been previously played by three different actors in the big-screen adaptations of Thomas Harris' novel. Dennis Farina played the character in 1986's "Manhunter", tackled the role in 1991's "Silence of the Lambs", and took over the role in 2002's "Red Dragon".

"Hannibal" is based on characters in Harris' novel "Red Dragon" and will focus on the early relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter. has been cast in the titular role, with tapped to portray Graham. Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis executive produce the show, which is expected to debut in midseason.

Fishburne exited "CSI" in 2011 after appearing as a series regular in three seasons. In the same year, he got an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Mini-Series or Television Special through his role on "Thurgood". The 50-year-old actor will next be seen in 2013's superhero movie "".

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