First Look At Spin-Off Show

CBS has released a trailer for Clarice, the new drama based on FBI agent Clarice Starling, the character Jodie Foster played in The Silence Of The Lambs.

Rebecca Breeds plays Starling in the show set in 1993, one year after her capture of Buffalo Bill in the movie. A CBS press release says the show will explore Starling’s childhood family secrets while she hunts other madmen.

Neither the trailer nor the press release mention Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins in the film), the serial killer who helped Clarice catch Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine in the film), but escaped himself. Author Thomas Harris’s follow-up book, and movie adaptation, Hannibal picked up years later when Lecter returned to seek Clarice.

The teaser includes familiar Silence Of The Lambs images like moths and Buffalo Bill sewing a suit from women’s skin –

Here is the official description for Clarice:

Clarice is a deep dive into the untold personal story of FBI Agent Clarice Starling as she returns to the field in 1993, one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs. 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.”

The new series also stars Marnee Carpenter as Catherine Martin (the U.S. senator’s daughter that Bill kidnapped in the original film) and Devyn Tyler as Ardelia Mapp (Starling’s friend and colleague). Rounding out the cast are Michael Cudlitz as Paul Krendler, Lucca de Oliveira as Tomas Esquivel, Kal Penn as Shaan Tripathi, and Nick Sandow as Agent Clarke. Alex Kurtzman, Jenny Lumet, Elizabeth Klaviter and Heather Kadin serve as executive producers.

Clarice will premiere on CBS on Thursday, February 11th.