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NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Replaces Philip Seymour Hoffman and Colonel Quarritch With A Woman

NBC Hannibal Lara Jean Chorostecki
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We thought that might get your attention.  Joking aside, it seems like NBC is pulling a bit of a switcheroo for its upcoming Bryan Fuller-helmed drama ‘Hannibal, turning a classic character from Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel ‘Red Dragon’ from male to female.  So, who may you ask is lady enough to fill a role once played by ‘Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, and later by Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman?

According to TVLine, NBC’s forthcoming ‘Hannibal’ adaptation has gained a body, but lost a bit of weight as former ‘Camelot’ star Lara Jean Chorostecki has joined the cast in a role once played by Philip Seymour Hoffman on the big screen.  Chorostecki will take the role of morally ambiguous tabloid journalist Freddie Lounds, as opposed to the male Freddy Lounds of Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel ‘Red Dragon.’

In addition to once being portrayed by Hoffman in 2002′s big screen adaptation ‘Red Dragon,’ ‘Avatar’ and ‘Terra Nova‘ star Stephen Lang also portrayed the character in the 1986 ‘Red Dragon’ adaptation ‘Manhunter.’  Chorostecki’s Lounds is said to be less sleazy and more sophisticated than her male predecessors, but “no less daring” in her efforts as a reporter.

Chorostecki joins former ‘Wonderfalls’ star and Bryan Fuller collaborator Caroline Dhavernas as Hannibal’s protege Dr. Alana Bloom, Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, Mads Mikkelsen as the iconic Dr. Lecter, seen here at the peak of his career, along with actor Hugh Dancy as the young Will Graham.  Set in the early days of Graham and Lecter’s partnership, and Fuller envisions the series as “a love story” told across at least seven seasons.  He has also specified the likelihood that the third or so season would cover the story of Harris’ novel ‘Red Dragon.’

Having already been taken to series with a 10-episode order, ‘Hannibal’ will debut on NBC at mid-season.

What say you?  Do you think Lara Jean Chorotecki will add a touch of feminine grace to ‘Hannibal,’ or is the entire series a course best left un-served?  Tell us what you think about the show in the comments below!

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