A New TV Sequel to 'The Silence of the Lambs' Is Coming to Your Streaming Queue
Set a year after the events of the Oscar-winning movie, 'Clarice' drops on Stan in February.
2021 marks 40 years since author Thomas Harris first introduced the world to Hannibal Lecter in his 1981 novel Red Dragon. It's the 35th anniversary of the character initially making the leap to the screen in 1986 movie Manhunter, too. But it was the Oscar-winning 1991 film adaptation of 1988 book The Silence of the Lambs that made the character a pop culture mainstay — and helped ensure that big and small screen versions of Harris' work were never far from view for long.
In cinemas, 2001's Hannibal and 2007's Hannibal Rising each adapted Harris' books of the same name. 2002's Red Dragon gave audiences another movie based on that novel, too. And, on television, 2013–5 series Hannibal also focused on the psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Across all of the above, Lecter has remained the constant — as played by Succession's Brian Cox originally, then earning Anthony Hopkins an Academy Award, then portrayed by French actor Gaspard Ulliel (It's Only the End of the World) and Danish star Mads Mikkelsen (Arctic).
Next in the franchise: TV series Clarice, which starts airing in Australia from Friday, February 12 via streaming platform Stan, and just dropped its first full trailer. The new show continues the saga's fondness for titles that share their name with a character and, obviously, pushes someone other than Lecter to the fore. Clarice Starling was a student at the FBI Academy when she was sent to interview Lecter, and it changed her career — with Clarice picking up her story in 1993, a year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, as she returns to the field.
While Jodie Foster nabbed an Oscar for the role, and Julianne Moore stepped into Starling's shoes in Hannibal, this time the character is played by Australian actor Rebecca Breeds (Blue Water High, Home and Away, Pretty Little Liars, The Originals). She'll portray Starling as the FBI agent faces new cases and confronts her own past — and she'll be joined on-screen by co-stars Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Lucca de Oliveira (SEAL Team), Kal Penn (House), Nick Sandow (Orange Is the New Black), Devyn Tyler (The Purge), Jayne Atkinson (Criminal Minds) and newcomer Marnee Carpenter.
Check out the trailer below:
Clarice starts streaming via Stan on Friday, February 12, dropping new episodes weekly.
Top image: Brooke Palmer ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Published on January 16, 2021 by Sarah Ward