[SPOILERS ahead for Hannibal season 2.]
Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) took off to some unknown destination in the Hannibal season two finale “Mizumono”, after Dr. Lecter’s plan to go on the run with Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) didn’t exactly work out.
It’s not clear yet which of the characters left at death’s doorstep in “Mizumono” will be alive and/or still recovering physically (to say nothing of the emotional fallout) from what happened to them, when season three gets underway (even the status of Laurence Fishburne’s Jack Crawford isn’t altogether transparent right now). However, today we learn of another new cast addition to Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series in the episodes ahead.
That would be Richard Armitage, known to many for playing the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit movie trilogy, though his resume also includes recurring roles on such TV shows as Robin Hood (2006), MI-5, and Strike Back. He’ll be playing a mentally-unsound individual on Fuller’s TV series, by the name of Francis Dolarhyde – also known by his deceitfully-unthreatening nickname, “The Tooth Fairy.”
Dolarhyde is the central antagonist in Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon”, and he was previously brought to life on film by Tom Noonan (in Michael Mann’s Manhunter) and by Ralph Fiennes (in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon). Traditionally, Dolahyde is not just a serial killer but also a bodybuilder, with an elaborate dragon tattoo on his back and two pairs of threatening false teeth that he wears. One can only begin to imagine how the character will be brought to nightmarish life, in the often surreal visual storytelling mode of the Hannibal TV show.
It sound as though Dolahyde will (SPOILER?) be in about half of Hannibal season 3, as TVLine reports that Armitage’s gig on the show will be six episodes. Other new cast members this season include Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) as the caretaker for an important character from Hannibal’s past. Meanwhile, Joe Anderson (The Grey) is taking over from Michael Pitt as Mason Verger, now that the character’s face isn’t all that important (seeing as a large chunk of it is gone).
Fuller has indicated that Hannibal season three will very much have an European suspense/thriller flavor (pun!) to it, taking its cues from such famous works as The Talented Mr. Ripley. The series offered a rather inventive variation on the average crime procedural in season one, before season two dove deeper into psychological drama, bizarre serial killer stories, and one taut cat/mouse game that resulted in quite the bloody spectacle in the finale.
In short: if you’re a “Fan-ibal,” then chances are you’re quite excited to see what madness Fuller and his collaborators serve up next.
Hannibal season three will premiere on NBC later this year.