In 1991, the world was enraptured by the psychological horror story of a young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) who was hunting a serial killer, “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine), who skinned his female victims.
To catch him, she sought the advice of the imprisoned Dr Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.
Now, a brand new crime drama series has been announced, which will delve into the untold story of Clarice.
Clarice will premiere on February 12 and stars Australia’s own Rebecca Breeds (The Originals, Pretty Little Liars) in the title role.
The series will follow FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs.
As the official synopsis reads: “Brilliant and vulnerable, Clarice’s bravery gives her an inner light that draws monsters and madmen to her. However, her complex psychological makeup that comes from a challenging childhood empowers her to begin to find her voice while working in a man’s world, as well as escape the family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.”
Joining Breeds is Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), Kal Penn (House), Lucca de Oliveira (SEAL Team), Nick Sandow (Orange Is the New Black), Jayne Atkinson (Criminal Minds), Devyn Tyler (The Purge) and newcomer Marnee Carpenter.
To get the full gist of what the series will be like, watch the trailer below. We can already tell it’s going to be haunting — so maybe don’t watch it alone.
The original Silence of the Lambs grossed $272.7 million worldwide on a $19 million budget, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing film of 1991 worldwide.
The film, which was adapted from the 1988 novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, won director Jonathan Demme the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Then, the following year, it became the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Hopkins), Best Actress (Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Clarice premieres 12 February, same day as the U.S. – only on Stan.