Is Miriam Lass a Clarice Starling Expy?
Within the fandom, there has been some confusion over the Miriam Lass character. Some believe that Miriam Lass is supposed to be a stand-in for the Clarice Starling character in the series. Is this true, though?
Clarice Starling is the protagonist in the film Silence of the Lambs and is a character that Hannibal Lecter engages in a type of non-platonic relationship with in the books. The TV series Hannibal has made some illusions to Alana Bloom filling the role of Clarice, but Alana Bloom is the show’s version of Alan Bloom. Any similarities between her scenes with Abel Gideon and Clarice’s scenes with Hannibal in Silence of the Lambs is more of a continuity nod or tribute to the film than anything else.
The main reason for people wondering what Hannibal will be doing with Clarice is because Bryan Fuller does not own the rights to Clarice’s character. Martha De Laurentiis and the Dino De Laurentiis Company own the rights to Hannibal Lecter, and Fuller was able to get the rights to Will Graham and Jack Crawford. Freddie Lounds and Alana Bloom are genderbent versions of Freddy Lounds and Alan Bloom; it’s a little unclear whether the rights to Freddy & Freddie and Alan & Alana are different or the same. All the other characters have the rights belonging to Fuller or else they wouldn’t be present. The rights to Clarice are currently being quite guarded by MGM.
Bryan Fuller is unsure when or if he will be able to get the license to use Clarice Starling in Hannibal. Some people have taken this to mean that Miriam Lass is supposed to be Clarice Starling and have expressed quite a bit of disappointment in this. They say that Miriam does not have nearly enough in common with Clarice. And they would be right. That is why she is not Clarice.
Fuller has repeatedly stated in interviews and at Comic Con that he intends to bring Clarice into the series sometime in season 5 if he is able to get the licensing. If he is not, he will find a way to have a Clarice-like character who will be enough like Clarice in all but name. His comments indicate that she will remain female, but it may be possible that we will have a Clarence instead. Season 5 is quite a ways from now, and things change. There have been comments about Will and Clarice working together. We will have to wait and see.
Miriam Lass is her own character and functions in an entirely different way from Clarice Starling.