Hannibal may be no match for the likes of a former high school queen from Niagara Falls.
Bryan Fuller, the man behind both NBC’s gruesome mid-season drama and the 2004 Fox cult hit Wonderfalls, announced Thursday via Twitter that Chelan Simmons would bring her chirpy ‘falls character — Gretchen Speck-Horowitz — to his new project.
“THRILLED to be working again with @ChelanLSimmons and TICKLED her character is crossing over to #Hannibal,” the writer and executive producer tweeted, along with a photo of Simmons.
Wonderfalls fans will remember Simmons’ alter ego, who was president of her high school class and a torment to protagonist Jaye (played by Caroline Dhavernas), as the woman who called herself “a Christmas and Easter Jew.” As the result of a talking rooster encouraging Jaye to “destroy her” (long story), Gretchen decided to end her marriage to a man she didn’t love.
We’ll see what became of Gretchen during the Hannibal gig, which is a reunion of a sort. As previously reported, Dhavernas will play the female lead – Dr. Alana “Al” Bloom – in the series based on Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel.
Simmons currently portrays The L.A. Complex‘s Alicia, and her television credits include Kyle XY, Psych and Men in Trees.
Hannibal is slated to debut at mid-season.
- Chelan Simmons
- Caroline Dhavernas