First introduced in Thomas Harris‘ 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs, Jodie Foster portrayed the green FBI agent in the 1990 movie adaptation, to be replaced by Julianne Moore for 2001’s Hannibal. Since then, there the character almost turned in the Hannibal TV series from NBC, and there was also an attempt to get a Clarice-focused TV show up and running at Lifetime back in 2012 before production stalled out.
However, a new TV series from CBS is coming that will be set in 1993 just after the events of The Silence of the Lambs and will be, in the words of Variety, “a deep dive into the untold personal story of Starling as she returns to the field to pursue serial murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington, D.C.”
State executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet:
“After more than 20 years of silence, we’re privileged to give voice to one of America’s most enduring heroes – Clarice Starling. Clarice’s bravery and complexity have always lit the way, even as her personal story remained in the dark. But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always.”
There’s no word on whether Dr. Lecter will show up and, to be honest, I think we’ve seen enough of him, and I can’t see anybody bettering what Anthony Hopkins and Mads Mikkleson did with the part. Plenty more scary villains to think up. But who should play Clarice?