Hannibal Recruits The Hobbit Star Richard Armitage for Killer Role


Richard Armitage has found a role into which he can really sink his teeth.

The Hobbit actor will join NBC’s Hannibal in Season 3 in the terrifying role of Francis Dolarhyde (aka The Tooth Fairy). The main villian of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, one book in the series on which Hannibal is based, the hulking Dolarhyde is a serial killer with a set of chompers that would make the Big Bad Wolf a little envious — and a penchant for targeting entire households for slaughter.

Armitage’s gig is slated to last six episodes.

Last month, the role of sociopathic Mason Verger was recast — with Joe Anderson (The Divide) stepping in for Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire). Gillian Anderson was also upgraded to series regular as the mysterious Bedelia du Maurier in advance of Hannibal‘s third season.

Hannibal will return to NBC’s schedule at midseason.

Excited about a visit from The Tooth Fairy? Is Armitage the right man for the job? Sound off in the comments!


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  1. Alex says:

    awesome news!

  2. Julia says:

    Best. News. Ever.

  3. Jenn says:

    Yes! I was kind of hoping for Lee Pace, but I absolutely adore Armitage and he’s going to be amazing.

  4. fudgefase says:

    Gosh. That’s a bit of casting I wouldn’t have come up with in a hundred years. He’s a great actor though and I’m looking forward to seeing him playing against type.

  5. Guy says:

    All this Hannibal news always, but I just want NBC to schedule it already :(

  6. Joey says:

    Great great great news.

  7. Eliza says:

    I love when one of my favorite shows surprises me with such amazing news!

  8. Jesse Pinkman says:

    Whoo…..bravo, the serie in the casting is AWESOME!!!

  9. Isaac says:

    I was hoping Dolarhyde would have had a gender change from the book as Fuller did with Alana and Feddie Lounds. Francis is a gender neutral name. Oh well, I’ll probably still enjoy it.

  10. Ron says:

    1) YES YES YES! Great news!
    2) *Swoon*
    3) That is all.

  11. He is absolute perfection in anything he does. Can’t wait to see. This just boosted the ratings !

  12. Kayblue says:

    Most epic news i’ve ever heard😁

  13. Carolyn says:

    The Hobbit ruined several of my favorite tv series, the most significant “Being Human” I am glad to see these incredible actors, one by one, coming back to TV series. James Nesbitt has two new good miniseries under his belt. Now we can look forward to Richard returning to TV as well. Still waiting to see Aiden Turner.

    • Nikki says:

      Aidan Turner is actually returning to TV this year too! He’ll be starring in the re-vamp of the series Poldark (which is supposed to have a spring release) :-)

  14. Ian says:

    I love Richard.

    I hope this is just the first role in a long line of great TV and movie gigs now that The Hobbit is done. Guy’s a star.

  15. Sara says:

    I am so excited by this news, I can’t even deal with it!!! What a great casting choice! He is such an amazing actor!!!

  16. daleksquirrel says:

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh fanboying!!!!!!

  17. dj says:

    WONDERFUL news…He is a great actor and I’m thrilled he’ll be in episodes of one of the best TV shows out there. Can’t wait!

  18. Alex says:

    This is brilliant casting, I wonder if his boyfriend Lee Pace got him the role? It was offered to Lee in the summer but he had to turn it down because hes in Halt and Catch Fire.

    Stoked for Armitage though its long overdue.

  19. Jimmy says:

    I haven’t read the books (yet) so whenever they introduce new characters, I’m unfamiliar with who they are in relation to the books. But I know who Richard Armitage is, and I’m thrilled he’s joining Hannibal. An already extremely talented and impeccably cast canvas will only be enriched by his presence on the show. Here’s to hoping the stint lasts longer than 6 episodes!

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  21. Bmass says:

    This season is already shaping up to be brilliant. Casting Francis Dolarhyde is exciting news! If Hannibal gets renewed (pleeeeeaaaase NBC), we might even see Clarice and Buffalo Bill in season 4. :O

  22. Colin says:

    a little confused; wasn’t Season 4 supposed to be Red Dragon, more or less?

  23. Shannon says:

    Watch out Voldemort, Thorin is coming to rip your teeth out.

  24. Sabrina says:

    Great casting news. Looking forward to season 3 and I hope that this causes a rise in ratings.

  25. Amanda says:

    Oh boy-yummy…

  26. Marissa says:

    From one Dragon Sickness to another. Well done, Armitage!

  27. JM says:

    Exciting news!!! Loved him in The Hobbit. I hope this news brings in more viewers, because this is one of the best shows on TV, and I would love for it to get a 4th season.

  28. lechatnoir says:

    Hannibal is one of the best shows out there , its a little too cerebral for the masses .The cinematography is fantastic the casting awesome. This guy is a great addition . He has the same bit as Bradley cooper .They must have the same dentist.

  29. Candida Orta says:

    Richard Armitage is perfect for this role, he’s very diverse and intense with any of the characters he’s ever played. So a big yes on this one

  30. Miou says:

    Perfect casting: Armitage is breathtaking in every possible way.

  31. Alice says:

    This season is going to be AWESOME. (Although I will miss Michael Pitt)

  32. CKG says:

    What a perfect casting decision. Bryan Fuller is the only man other than my father that I truly trust, tbh. The man is a gift.

  33. Lizo says:

    Well now I’ll HAVE to catch up.

  34. Joanne Caddivk says:

    I am gutted about Michael Pitt leaving as he was just perfect as Mason but I’m really looking forward to the new season and new cast members, one of my fave shows ever!!

  35. Carrie says:

    I really like him and love the show, so hopefully it works!

  36. Looking forward to coming season of Hannibal….hands are sweaty already.

  37. Chris says:

    Richard will blow your socks off in this role. Ace casting …

  38. Oh this will be fantastic! Can’t wait to watch.

  39. elizaseyes says:

    Absolutely brilliant, wonderful amazing news!!! Richard is a perfect choice and I can’t wait to see him. Now fingers crossed for Lee Pace to also reunite with Fuller to join Hannibal.

  40. karen cissy nieto says:

    l was thinking he should go in a totally different direction, and this is perfect. l read an interview where he said horror was not his first pick but l think he will bring something brilliant to this role. l currently don’t watch Hannibal but will start when he begins. looking forward to updates on Richard’s progress with the role.

  41. Min Htet Zaw says:

    I can’t wait to watch that..but I hope Mads as the Hannibal””’sorry

  42. Jamie Truskoski says:

    YES, YES, AND YES!!! Richard is perfect for the role. I’ve seen him do lots of different roles, and he does them all flawlessly! This will be awesome to watch! Thank you, can’t watch him enough!!

  43. switcherdawna says:

    I just happened to be watching Hannibal, season 1 episode 1 as I came across this…

  44. mike says:

    … The next James Bond (after Daniel Craig…) ….

  45. Zoya says:

    OMG, I just died. I never would’ve though of him in context of this role, but it’s going to be AWESOME!!!

  46. Melissa Murphy says:

    Love Richard! This is awesome news! Was shocked when i heard it because I am a BIG fan of Hannibal and Mads…and now my favourite amzing actor Richard will be joining the cast!? Its best news in 2015! Richard will rock it!! Cant freaking wait!! Thorin cant get rid of his dragon sickness after all.

  47. Patty says:

    Oh yes!!! The tooth fairy can come visit me anytime!!! Richard on my tv every week!!!??? YES!! LOVE RICHARD!!!

  48. NotBri says:

    RA is a brilliant actor, and I know he’ll be amazing in this part. Good choice!