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Thursday 25 December 2014

Bowie offered Hannibal TV role

File photo dated 25/11/2003 of David Bowie as he is to be seen in venues across the UK - with a live screening from the hit exhibition at the V&A Museum which celebrates the chart star's career. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 24, 2013. The broadcast to 200-plus cinemas will see curators and "special guests" introduce many exhibits as the show draws to a close in August, prior to it heading off to international museums. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bowie. Photo credit should read: Andy Butterton/PA Wire
David Bowie has been invited to appear in US TV show Hannibal

David Bowie has been invited to appear on Hannibal, the show's creator Bryan Fuller has revealed.

The Ziggy Stardust glam rocker has been offered the role of Hannibal's uncle Count Robert Lecter for the second series of the US psychological thriller, but has yet to respond.

"We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he's interested and available," Bryan told E! News.

"We would love for him to play Hannibal's uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books. We don't have an answer yet."

Shooting for the second season is set to continue in August in Toronto, and will be on screens in 2014.

The show, based on Thomas Harris' Red Dragon novel, stars Mads Mikkelsen as Dr Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as Special Agent Will Graham, a criminal profiler and hunter of serial killers. The upcoming series is expected to be about Will trying to prove his innocence for Hannibal's crimes.

Bryan revealed the next series will be loosely based on the novel.

"We're going to see Will institutionalised... 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 it," he said.

"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," he added.

Bowie's former big-screen outings include his break-out role in The Man Who Fell To Earth, Labyrinth, Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and The Hunger. And he appeared in Christopher Nolan's The Prestige and Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ. The singer also made cameos as himself in August, Bandslam and Zoolander.

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