Hannibal Season 3 spoilers: Lady Murasaki is cast

A major character from Dr Lecter’s formative years is cast for Hannibal Season 3

Mads Mikkelsen and friend in Hannibal
Mads Mikkelsen and friend in Hannibal

Hannibal Season 3 has cast one of the most important characters from the good Doctor’s past: his aunt, Lady Murasaki.

 

Tao Okamoto as Mariko in The Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman
Tao Okamoto as Mariko in The Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman

Deadline reports that The Wolverine‘s Tao Okamoto has been cast in the role of the wealthy, beautiful and mysterious woman who takes the young Lecter in and shows him to blend in with high society, the joys of the finer things, and how to defend himself.

In the movie Hannibal Rising, the relationship between Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) and Lady Murasaki (Gong Li) had strong whiff of Batman Begins about it, although there was the incestuous romantic charge that was decidedly not a part of Christopher Nolan’s retooling of the Dark Knight.

In Bryan Fuller’s hands, this promises to be a lot more interesting and we can’t wait to see Lecter’s past brought to light. Now if we just get some movement on casting David Bowie as Lecter’s uncle…

Hannibal Season 3 begins next year. You can buy Hannibal Season 1-2 on Blu-ray for £36 at Amazon.co.uk and keep up with the latest genre TV news with the latest issue of SciFiNow.