Laurence Fishburne In Talks To Join NBC’s ‘Hannibal’

The veteran actor may soon return to TV after his stint on "CSI."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last year, Laurence Fishburne left "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after two seasons of playing the lead character, Dr. Raymond Langston. But now, Fishburne may be heading back to television in one of NBC's most anticipated new series.

According to TVLine, Fishburne is in negotiations to play Jack Crawford in the upcoming "Hannibal" reboot; which will bring Thomas Harris' iconic serial killer to television. Crawford is the agent-in-charge of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit; which makes him the boss of Hugh Dancy's Special Agent Will Graham. Consulting on their hunt for serial killers is none other than Dr. Hannibal Lecter, as played by Mads Mikkelsen.

"Hannibal" will loosely adapt Harris' "Red Dragon" novel and focus on the early days of Graham and Lecter's relationship before the truth about Hannibal was exposed. In the various feature film adaptations, Jack Crawford was previously played by  Dennis Farina, Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitel.

Fishburne is widely known for his portrayal of Morpheus in The Matrix film series in addition to his turns in several memorable movies like Apocalypse Now, The Color Purple, The Tuskegee Airmen, Event Horizon, Mystic River, Predators, Contagion and the upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel. On TV, Fishburne has also appeared in " M*A*S*H," "Hill Street Blues," "Miami Vice" and "Spenser: For Hire."

"Hannibal" is expected to premiere in early 2013 on NBC.