David Bowie has been offered a role on Season Two of the NBC crime/horror series Hannibal, according to E! News. Showrunner Bryan Fuller revealed, "We have reached out to David Bowie to see if he's interested and available. We would love for him to play Hannibal's uncle, who is a character from the literature and in the books." Fuller added that the show has not heard back from Bowie yet, but he's hopeful that the singer will join the series for the start of production this August in Toronto.
Bowie has acted throughout his career, starring in 1976's The Man Who Fell To Earth and also having featured roles in films like The Prestige, Basquiat, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Labyrinth.
Hannibal revolves around the relationship between cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Mads Mikkelsen, and FBI profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, in the years before the events of the classic Lecter novels Red Dragon and The Silence Of The Lambs.
Lecter's uncle, Count Robert Lecter, died in Thomas Harris' 2006 prequel novel, Hannibal Rising, which chronicled the doctor's years as a teenager in post-World war II Europe. But Fuller plans to use "alternate universe storytelling" to bring the character to life on the series.
Bowie recently broke his nearly decade long hiatus with the March 12th release of a new album called The Next Day. His last studio set, Reality, came out in September 2003.
The Next Day was produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, who produced such classic Bowie sets as 1970's The Man Who Sold The World, 1974's Diamond Dogs, 1975's Young Americans, 1977's Low and "Heroes," 1979's Lodger, and 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).