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‘Law & Order’ Revival Adds ‘Hannibal’ Star to Cast

by Samantha Whidden
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Big news, Law & Order fans! The highly-anticipated revival of the hit series is reportedly adding Anthony Anderson, who is reprising his role as Detective Kevin Bernard, and former Hannibal star Hugh Dancy to its cast. 

According to Variety, Anderson will return to the Law & Order revival for a one-season commitment. Dancy will meanwhile join the series as an assistant district attorney. Both actors will be joining Jeffrey Donovan on the series. Sam Waterston is also reportedly in talks to return to the show. 

As previously reported, NBC is bringing back Law & Order. The show will notably become part of the network’s Thursday night lineup in February 2022. The new season will premiere on February 24th at 8 p.m. EST/ 7 p.m. CT.

The original Law & Order premiered on September 13, 1990. The show had 20 seasons and 456 episodes. It starred Jack McCoy, Anita Van Buren, Adan Schiff, and Rey Curtis. NBC canceled the iconic series in May 2010. The network decided to pick up Law & Order for its first season and renew Law & Law: SVU for its 12th season.

NBC originally stated in 2015 that it was considering the idea of bringing Law & Order back for a 10-episode limited series. But in September 2021, the network announced that the show’s 21st season was officially ordered. This was after Law & Order spin-off For The Defense fell through. 

Who Is ‘Law & Order’ Revival’s Newest Cast Member Hugh Dancy?

According to IMDb, Law & Order’s new cast member, Hugh Dancy has credited 43 acting roles. Along with Hannibal, Dancy was Cal Roberts in The Path. He was also cast as John Zabel in Homeland and Caleb Garlin in The Good Fight. Dancy will be making an appearance in the upcoming film Downton Abbey: A New Era. 

In August 2015, the upcoming Law & Order star spoke to Entertainment Weekly about his Hannibal character, Will, and the series’ cancellation. When chatting about finding out the show was canceled, Dancy stated, “We had finished. We’d wrapped and left. So the finale was written, discussed, and performed. And put together before the show was canceled. So there was also a very clear idea for – believe it or not – what another season might look like.”

He then stated that he would definitely be up for coming back for a new version of Hannibal. “Partially because I think everybody enjoyed working on the show. But also specifically because what [showrunner Bryan Fuller] described sounded like so much fun. Whether it will happen is a different question.”

In regards to his thoughts about the end of Will, Dancy added, “I think it’s a final victory. I think what happens is, right up until that last moment, essentially, Hannibal is victorious. He has engineered exactly what he wanted.”