Ladies & Gentlemen – meet Francis Dolarhyde

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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.


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