At long last, Clarice Starling’s time has come.
The indomitable young lady of the exquisitely frightening Silence of the Lambs film will finally get her own TV series on CBS, as announced by Deadline. Clarice, which will continue the compelling story of the FBI trainee who matched wits with the iconic Hannibal Lecter in the 1991 blockbuster, is slated to air during the 2020-21 TV season. As with most Hollywood film and TV projects in this uncertain time, no production start date was set as of this writing. But some details of the plot and casting have been revealed.
The series will star Rebecca Breed, Lucca DeOliveira, Devyn A. Tyler, Kal Penn, Nick Sandow and Michael Cudlitz. Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman will serve as screenwriters and executive producers.
The much-anticipated show, as explained, is set in 1993, some six months after the events recounted in the novel by Thomas Harris. The scenario deals with the personal story of Special Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the agency to track down serial murderers and sexual deviants while trying to juggle the ins-and-outs of Washington D.C. politics.
Penn–who portrays Special Agent Emin Grigoryan on the show–was very enthusiastic about his new role. “I’m a huge ‘Silence of the Lambs’ fan,” he said, “so having the opportunity to join Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman on this project is very exciting.” He added that all the conversations they have had about the show have been “so grounded in art and storytelling. It’s suspense, it’s a thriller and it’s thoughtful.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the production schedule and release date for Clarice.