A new trailer for the upcoming CBS crime drama series, Clarice, draws heavily on Hannibal Lecter’s legacy from the show. A sequel series to the 1991 serial killer masterpiece, The silence of the lambs, the newly released Super Bowl TV ad is eager to remind us of the trauma that has haunted our main character since childhood, leading her down the path she is now on.

“The lambs were screaming,” says Clarice Starling, while playing a picture of her as a little girl trying to lead a lamb from the slaughter. “I tried to free them. I thought if I could save just one … but it was so heavy. I couldn’t save the lamb. But I will never stop trying.” If that wasn’t enough to inform you of the character’s roots, the trailer ends with a particularly iconic spooky critter, namely a death’s head moth, landing in Starling’s mouth in a nod to the movie poster. 1991 starring Jodie Foster as Starling opposite. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.

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Clarice is set in 1993, a year after the events of The silence of the lambs. The series is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Clarice Starling, as she returns to the field to hunt down serial killers and sexual predators as she navigates the high-stakes political world of Washington, D.C. Bright and vulnerable, Clarice graduated Magna from the UVA with a double specialization in Psychology and Criminology. His bravery gives him an inner light that attracts monsters and madmen. Her complex psychological makeup stems from a challenging childhood, and her drive comes from her need to escape the weight of family secrets that have haunted her throughout her life.

Originally portrayed by Jodie Foster in The silence of the lambs, the role of Clarice Starling in the series will be played by pretty Little Liars Y The originals star Rebecca Breeds. Alongsider Breeds stars Devyn A. Tyler as Ardelia Mapp, Lucca De Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel, Kal Penn as Emin Grigoryan, Nick Sandow as Murray Clarke, Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler, and Marnee Carpenter as Catherine Martin.

Created by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, Clarice is a CBS Studios, MGM Television and Secret Hideout production, and is based on the best-selling novel The silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris.

In spite of the Super bowl The trailer’s heavy reliance on Hannibal, the producers behind the show previously revealed that the series would not even be allowed to pronounce the infamous cannibal’s name due to legal restrictions. “I’m still trying to understand how the rights are divided,” revealed executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “But it’s been quite liberating because we have no interest in writing about Hannibal, not because we don’t like the movies and the show, but because it was done so well by so many people that we didn’t find it fresh.” Fortunately, this didn’t affect the plans for Clarice Too much, since the plan had always been to focus on Starling’s continued adventures away from Hannibal Lecter’s influence.

Clarice It will premiere on February 11, 2021 on CBS. You can see the new Super Bowl ad courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes Television.

Topics: Clarice, Silence of the Lambs


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