HOLLYWOOD — Ray Liotta has entered into final negotiations with Universal Pictures to star in “Hannibal” as FBI investigator Thomas Krendler.
The sequel to “The Silence of the Lambs” is due to begin production next month in Florence, Italy, for release next year. Ridley Scott is directing a script by Steve Zaillian.
Anthony Hopkins will reprise his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal Lecter, and Julianne Moore will play FBI agent Clarice Starling.
Liotta, who is repped by Endeavor, is due to appear in “Blow,” “Breakers” and “A Rumor of Angels.” Among his many credits are “Goodfellas,” “Cop Land” and HBO’s “The Rat Pack.”
Universal is supervising production on “Hannibal” and distributing internationally while MGM controls domestic marketing and distribution. Dino and Martha De Laurentiis are producing along with Scott.