After the bloody and mind-blowing Season Two finale last summer, we are almost literally dying to get back to the action and aperitifs. Thankfully, filming is well underway, so Hannibal will be back in no time. With half the current cast now seemingly – or almost – dead, we can expect to see some new faces.
1. Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde
The King under the Mountain himself is joining the cast for his first TV job since Strike Back in 2011. Armitage will be playing Francis Dolarhyde, also known as the Tooth Fairy, who made his debut as a serial killer who murders families in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon novel. Going by Armitage’s recent performance in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, he’s certainly got the chops to make him as mesmerising, intriguing and creepy, as is Hannibal standard.
2. Tao Okamoto as Chiyo
Lady Murasaki, Hannibal’s ‘aunt’, appeared in Hannibal Rising as a wealthy, beautiful and mysterious woman who teaches young Hannibal how to blend in with high society. Tao Okamoto was originally supposed to be playing Murasaki, but Fuller has confirmed that she will instead be playing her attendant, Chiyo. Okamoto made her film debut in The Wolverine in 2013, and is also set to appear as Mercy Graves, Lex Luther’s ass-kicking bodyguard, in Batman V Superman.
3. Joe Anderson as Mason Verger
Michael Pitt’s chillingly captivating rendition of Mason Verger, the heir to the Verger pig-farming dynasty, was a marvellous addition to the show’s second season, so the news of Pitt’s departure was quite upsetting. But all is not lost, as Joe Anderson is set to take over the role. We’re pretty confident that Anderson will nail Verger after his performance as Daniel Radcliffe’s drug-and-grief addled brother in Horns. And the recast won’t be too much of a problem continuity-wise, since Hannibal made Verger cut off most of his own face.
4. Nina Arianda as Molly Foster
Will has had no luck with love since an awkward kiss and subsequent flirting with Alana Bloom (before Hannibal went and ruined it with his elegant cheekbones). His luck is changing for Season Three, which will introduce his new love interest. Episode eight is set to feature a – spoiler alert – time jump, which will show Will and his new wife Molly (Nina Arianda) happily married. Don’t worry about chemistry, as Hugh Dancy and Arianda starred opposite each other in a Broadway production of David Ives’ Venus In Fur in 2011.
5. Fortunato Cerlino as Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi
The breathtaking Season Two finale closed with Hannibal and Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) sipping airline champagne in first class. Florence will be the setting for the great escape, where Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi is due to join the goose chase. He appeared in the 2001 film Hannibal and the novel of the same name, set on catching Hannibal to collect the reward. There’s been word that Will will also find himself on Hannibal’s scent, so it’s possible that he and Pazzi will become allies.
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