However, show runner Bryan Filler admits 'we don't have an answer yet'
David Bowie has been offered a role on hit US TV series Hannibal.
Bowie took his last acting job four years ago, when he made a brief cameo as himself in teen comedy film Bandslam. However, this hasn’t stopped Hannibal‘s showrunner Bryan Fuller from contacting the singer and sometime actor.
“We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he’s interested and available,” Fuller told E! News. “We would love for him to play Hannibal’s uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books.”
Continuing, Fuller admitted that “we don’t have an answer [from Bowie] yet”. Hannibal, which premiered on US network last year, is a TV series based on Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon – whose sequel The Silence Of The Lambs was turned into an Oscar-winning 1991 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
Hannibal follows the developing relationship between the famously hungry Dr Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), who becomes his sworn enemy. In Harris’s books, Hannibal’s uncle Count Robert Lecter is murdered by Nazis, but Fuller said: “Since our timeline is a little more present, there’s a little bit of JJ Abrams-style alternate universe storytelling where he could still be alive.”
Bowie has appeared in all three videos from his comeback album ‘The Next Day’: ‘Where Are We Now?’, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ and ‘The Next Day’. However, he has given no interviews or live performances in support of the album, which debuted at Number One on the UK Albums Chart in March (2013).