Gillian Anderson was a staple of network television for almost a decade when she starred as Dana Scully on the hit Fox show The X-Files. But since the series went off the air, Anderson has mostly appeared in smaller films and British TV shows, much to the disappointment of her loyal fanbase who wants to see her on more high profile projects. That’s why Entertainment Weekly’s announcement that Anderson will play a role in NBC’s upcoming drama, Hannibal, is such welcome news.

In the multi-episode arc that Anderson is involved in, she will play Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, the therapist of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). We’re not sure how many episodes she will appear in, but we’re already placing our bets on her not making it out of the show alive. We're just assuming that Hannibal Lecter wouldn't like to have his psyche examined. 

“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,” Hannibal producer Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “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.”

Anderson will be joining a stacked cast that includes Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne, Eddie Izzard, and, of course, Mads Mikkelsen. The show is expected to debut in late spring, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

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[via EW]