“We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he’s interested and available,” Fuller told E Online. “We would love for him to play Hannibal’s uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books.” Fuller added, “We don’t have an answer yet,” but he is hopeful Bowie can join the show.
Hannibal’s uncle, Count Robert Lecter, was killed by Nazis in the books, but, “Since our timeline is a little more present, there’s a little bit of J.J. Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could still be alive,” Fuller explained.
So what can we expect to see in season 2?
“We’re going to see Will Graham institutionalized, and what we know from Red Dragon, the backstory that is given, which is very, very thin, explains that Will Graham was so psychologically compromised from investigating the Minnesota case that he had to be institutionalized. And that’s sort of one sentence that we can do quite a bit with. As you can see from the first season, we held true to that backstory in a very faithful way, but obviously we took huge liberties in how we interpreted that one sentence. So right now, for Season Two, we are in fresh territory with a chapter that hasn’t even been written by Thomas Harris. It’s exciting.”