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'X-Files' Alumna Gillian Anderson to Play Therapist on 'Hannibal'

December 13, 2012 (1:46 am) GMT
The Dana Scully depicter on the sci-fi series will make her return to TV with her recurring role on the NBC new drama.
Gillian Anderson

is making her way back on to television with "". The actress best known for her portrayal as Special Agent Dana Scully on "The X-Files" has signed up to take a recurring role of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, Dr. Hannibal Lecter's therapist, on the upcoming drama series.

"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," executive producer Bryan Fuller says in a statement.

The writer continues singing praise for the Emmy-winning actress, "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."

The "Hannibal" gig will mark Anderson's first broadcast TV role after "The X-Files" ended its run in 2002. She's most recently seen on miniseries "Moby Dick" and BBC's "Great Expectations".

Based on characters in Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon", "Hannibal" will focus on the early relationship between FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter. will tackle the titular role, with playing Graham.

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