‘Hannibal’ Gets New Dinner Guest

The cast of “Hannibal” has just gotten a bit heavier.

Today’s Daily Variety says Gary Oldman will play a once-bitten, not-shy victim of resident psycho Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins) in the sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs.”

The actor’s name has been linked to the project off and on. Talks between Oldman and the studios (MGM and Universal) were reputedly suspended due to issues over billing but were resumed in mid-April.

Principal photography is set to begin Monday in Florence, Italy. The film also stars Julianne Moore, subbing for Jodie Foster, as FBI Agent Clarice Starling.