Learn the big gender-bending change NBC is making to Hannibal

Considering that NBC is adapting its new Hannibal series from a book (and film), one would expect some deviations from the canon to fit the story into a longer format. But apparently they're making an even bigger change.

TV Line reports that actress Lara Jean Chorostecki (Camelot) has been cast as tabloid reporter Freddy Lounds, a traditionally male character in the origin story of the most famous, fictional cannibal.

The character was previously played by Stephen Lang (Manhunter, 1986) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Red Dragon, 2002).

Though the news could seem a bit grating for longtime fans of the story, the switch could work. I mean, everyone got upset when the Battlestar Galactica reboot made Starbuck a woman—but that worked out pretty well.

Developed by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls), the series will track the early days of FBI agent Will Graham's (Hugh Dancy) dealings with Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).

Per TV Line, Chorostecki's version should be a little more savvy and manipulative than the previous incarnations of Lounds.

What do you think about the gender swap? Is it a good move to change up the dynamics?

(Via TV Line)