Rutina Wesley is about to encounter a set of chompers that’ll make her True Blood vampire fangs look downright quaint.
TVLine had learned exclusively that the actress is joining Hannibal‘s third season in the pivotal recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who catches the eye of Francis Dolarhyde — AKA The Tooth Fairy (played by The Hobbit‘s Richard Armitage) — and represents his best chance at humanity.
The character, and her romance with Dolarhyde, is a major component of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel, one book in the series on which Hannibal is based. Reba’s previously portrayers include Joan Allen (in 1986’s Manhunter) and Emily Watson (in 2002’s Red Dragon).
This marks Wesley’s first major TV role since wrapping her seven-year stint as Tara Thornton on True Blood.
NBC will serve up Hannibal Season 3 this summer.