Gillian Anderson has joined the cast of NBC's Hannibal, marking her first primetime TV gig since The X-Files went off the air in 2002.

The actress will portray Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, the therapist of Mads Mikkelsen's Hanibal Lecter. Here's what series creator Bryan Fuller had to say about his latest cast member.

"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.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 actress joins a cast that also includes Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres, Molly Shannon, Ellen Greene, and Chelan Simmons. NBC hasn't announced a premiere date yet, although insiders believe it will debut sometime this coming spring.

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