Meet Hannibal Lecter’s New Leading Lady

Caroline Dhavernas reunites with Bryan Fuller for NBC's "Hannibal."

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The cast for NBC's "Hannibal" series has already had some impressive additions with Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter himself and more recently, Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford. Now, "Hannibal" has found its leading lady as well.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Caroline Dhavernas has signed on to play FBI consultant and psychology professor, Dr. Alana Bloom in "Hannibal." Dr. Bloom is a friend of Hugh Dancy's FBI Agent Will Graham and she comes to fear for his safety after he is recruited by Crawford to join his FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit. None of the FBI agents are aware of Hannibal Lecter's true serial killer nature as he mentors Graham and offers advice on difficult cases.

"Hannibal" is based upon characters originally created by Thomas Harris for his novel, "Red Dragon;" which have become iconic in several films including Manhunter, The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal and a Red Dragon remake. The new TV adaptation is being written and executive produced by "Pushing Daisies" creator, Bryan Fuller.

Dhavernas starred in the critically acclaimed and short lived Fox series, "Wonderfalls;" which was also created by Fuller. More recently, Dhavernas starred in ABC's "Off the Map," Devil and the upcoming Mars et Avril feature film.

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