Way back in 2004, the short-lived dramedy Wonderfalls premiered from creator Bryan Fuller but unfortunately had a life of roughly a year. Of course, Fuller went on to create the cult smash Pushing Daisies just a few years later while the writer's current projects housed at NBC as he not only revives The Munsters in his new drama Mockingbird Lane but reinvents a classic cinematic role in next year's Hannibal.
However, Fuller hasn't quite forgotten his roots just yet as Wonderfalls' lead actress Caroline Dhavernas the female lead behind Hannibal Lecter's origins tale. Now, Fuller has decided to go for a complete crossover as one character from his cancelled series will be revived into the Hannibal world.
Fuller announced today on Twitter that Chelan Simmons (Kyle XY, Final Destination 3) will reprise her Wonderfalls role of Gretchen Speck-Horowitz in the first season of Hannibal. The announcement came with the photo proof above, saying "Thrilled to be working again with @ChelanLSimmons and tickled her #WONDERFALLS character is crossing over to #HANNIBAL."
Simmons appeared in one episode of Wonderfalls in which Dhavernas' Jaye played a role in ending Gretchen's marriage to a man she did not love. The two were not so friendly in high school as Gretchen tormented Jaye, though it's not sure exactly where we'll find her character nine years later.
There is still no word on exactly how Gretchen will be introduced into the Hannibal universe or if she'll share any on-screen time with Dhavernas' new character of Dr. Alana Bloom. Furthermore, there is no exact word so far as to which episode of the series Simmons will be popping up in.
The two ladies join the already cast Mads Mikkelsen as the titular future cannibal while Hugh Dancy will play FBI Agent Will Graham. Laurence Fishburne also joins the interesting male leads as Graham's boss Special Agent Jack Crawford, though he will be involved in a recurring capacity.
It's unclear whether or not Simmons will appear more than once, but it's expected that she will only be a guest star. The actress currently appears in the Canadian import The L.A. Complex, though her role of Alicia was downsized in the second season to a recurring status. The series currently remains on hiatus and it's unclear whether or not it will be picked up for an additional season.
Hannibal is set to premiere in Early 2013.