Hannibal Casting Twist: Look Who's Playing Will's New [Spoiler]

Hannibal scoured Hugh Dancy’s past to plan Will Graham’s future.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Tony winner Nina Arianda — Dancy’s leading lady in Broadway’s Venus in Fur — is joining the acclaimed NBC thriller’s Season 3 cast as Will’s new bride.

As TVLine was first to report, Arianda’s recurring character, Molly, will be introduced in Episode 8, an installment that will jump ahead several years to allow for the transformation in Will’s personal life.

Single mom Molly is described as a strong, vibrant thirtysomething who is not only unperturbed by her husband’s dark and occasionally tortured past — but has worked to help him overcome it. She “understands that Will is a good Venusman, and her love has allowed him to rebuild himself. But when Will is asked to return to the FBI, she also urges him to try and save lives, knowing what risks this entails.”

Arianda’s TV credits include guest stints on 30 Rock, Hostages and The Good Wife.

NBC will serve up Hannibal Season 3 this summer.

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  1. Jen says:

    Fantastic news! They were amazing together on Broadway.

  2. Margaret says:

    fabulous casting! Nina rocks!

  3. Hannah says:

    I’m so excited to see how this season plays out and really hope that NBC gives Bryan Fuller the chance to continue his vision for the show

  4. Jose says:

    Like the actress but I’m a little conflicted because I kinda want Will and Alana,…

  5. N says:

    Hi, Michael! Thinking of you!

  6. militantgod says:

    Oh, you mean Alana, the one who turned her back on Will?

    • Tim says:

      Exactly, she was a total traitor.

      • amd says:

        Nope. She just chose to trust the man she had known a LOT longer than Will who had mentored her and sleep with him because she found him more attractive than Will. Her choice. No treachery involved.

    • mira says:

      this ^ and Will deserves a person that values him for what he is and doesn’t see him as a broken toy that needs to be fixed/changed

  7. Gern Blanston says:

    So, does this mean that the last 6 episodes of the season are going to be Red Dragon?

  8. Eva says:

    “Single mom Molly is described…” — she’s hardly a single mom if she’s married to Will and they’re raising Willie together, no? Unless we meet her before they get married?

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  10. Azrielen says:

    Well I’ve been saying for two seasons now that all WIll needs is a good dom, so…… XD

  11. kathryn says:

    Why do we have to wait so long for Hannibal to come back. Other sitcoms have already come back with their new seasons. I’m having DT’s.