Laurence Fishburne in Contagion.
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NBC's Hannibal has just received a big-name bump with the casting of Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit and boss of agent Will Graham. Crawford was most notably portrayed by Scott Glenn in The Silence of the Lambs, with Dennis Farina and Harvey Keitel also playing him in Manhunter and Red Dragon, respectively.
The Hollywood Reporter describes his Crawford (this incarnation, at least) as "a tough cop who seems to have been born to hunt serial killers and lacking the type of empathy that informs the lives of both Will and Hannibal and knows he needs Will to be his bird-dog. His greatest mission is to stop sociopaths before they kill more -- even if that means sacrificing Will's psyche in the process."
The show stars Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter -- who, while fine actors, are hardly household names, so Fishburne will certainly add more mainstream appeal for the average TV viewer. Hannibal is scheduled as a midseason replacement for NBC during the 2012-13 season.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter