Actor Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) has clambered aboard the cannibal drama, taking on the role of Francis Dolarhyde. Fans of Thomas Harris’s original series of novels will recognize the name, and perhaps tremble with fear a smidgen as they recall his evil ways captured brilliantly in Red Dragon.
After two seasons which have thus far consisted of some of television’s finest visuals in years, Hannibal‘s take on Harris’s novels stand as a perfect example of how to do the source justice. While the events of the stories aren’t reproduced with a strict loyalty to the books, the changes have worked wonders in the weekly format. Twinned with intricate, emotional explorations of law enforcement that’s rarely mentioned by lighter procedural fare, and Hannibal has proven that big networks don’t have to pander to stagnant traditions.
Season 3 of NBC’s dark, brooding series, Hannibal, isn’t expected to hit our screens until sometime this spring, but now we know of at least one new face slated to appear.
After filming scenes for season 3 in Italy last month, Hannibal has resumed filming in Ontario, this week. Just before they went on their holiday hiatus, stars Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy were spotted filming a dramatic scene in Florence, in which a blood-spattered Mads staggered down the street looking like he might be on the run.
According to the Toronto Film Office, the show will continue filming in the Toronto area through April.
In its 16th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, Rotten Tomatoes named Hannibal as the Best Reviewed returning show of 2014 and the Best Reviewed TV series in Sci-Fi Fantasy series category. For its second season, Hannibal received a 97% approval out of 100 with Rotten Tomatoes commending it for its “powerful imagery and a strong, unpredictable story.” These reviews are one of those things that will make you think you will not be disappointed once Hannibal Season 3 release date comes.
Hannibal joins a rich line-up of Best Returning TV Show awardee. Breaking Bad won it in 2013 for its fifth season, beating Game of Thrones Season 3 and Parks and Recreation Season 6. Just last month, the pain of waiting for Hannibal Season 3 release date was somewhat forgotten as the show was named by Wall Street Journal as the Best TV series of 2014.
“Virtually alone among television dramas, network or cable, it demands that viewers make an imaginative leap and see its nightmarish action as both figurative and emotionally real. It’s also one of the scariest shows in TV history, delivering images every week so potent that they lodge in the viewer’s memory like rusty barbs.”