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She’s best known for playing the headstrong Tara in True Blood, but for her next role Rutina Wesley encounters a human monster in the third season of Hannibal. Wesley plays Reba McClane, infamous to readers of the Thomas Harris source novels as the woman who got close to Francis Dolarhyde.
Unbeknownst to her, he is the Tooth Fairy, the serial killer at the heart of first Lecter bestseller Red Dragon – however her blindness makes her literally unseeing as to his true nature. Richard Armitage has been cast as Dolarhyde. The characters were portrayed by Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes in the 2002 movie adaptation and by Joan Allen and Tom Noonan in Michael Mann’s 1986 version Manhunter.
Wesley and Armitage join new cast member Joe Anderson, who replaces Michael Pitt as Mason Verger. It looks like showrunner Bryan Fuller is really starting to blend the worlds of the series and the books, »
- Steve Palace
With HBO’s True Blood coming to an end last summer, Rutina Wesley, longtime cast member of the Southern supernatural series, is lined up for another horror show. This time around, though, Wesley will encounter human monsters rather than creatures of the night, as she’s set to join the cast of Hannibal for the third season, playing a character from Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon and its two film adaptations.
TVLine reports that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, is set to co-star in Hannibal Season 3 in the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind woman who becomes the romantic interest of Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy serial killer, who in turn will be played by Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films). Reba McClane is a key character in Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon, and was previously played by Joan Allen in »
- Derek Anderson
Actress will play a blind woman who becomes Francis Dolarhyde’s last best chance at humanity on NBC drama
The “True Blood” alum will join the show for its third season, playing Reba McClane, a blind woman »
- Tim Kenneally
Wesley will play Reba McClane, the blind woman who enters into a relationship with the psychotic Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) and helps soothe his murderous urges. Wesley takes on a role played by Joan Allen in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" and Emily Watson in Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon".
Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) will come into contact with Dolarhyde from around the eighth episode of the third season. The Tooth Fairy is the latest addition to the cast which this year will also include Nina Arianda as Will Graham's wife Molly, Joe Anderson as the mutilated Mason Verger, Gillian Anderson as Bedelia Du Maurier, and of course Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter himself.
Source: TV Line »
- Garth Franklin
She’ll play Reba McClane, a blind woman who enters into a relationship with the psychotic Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage), and helps soothe his murderous urges — at least at first. Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) will come into contact with Dolarhyde (aka “The Tooth Fairy”) around the eighth episode of the third season.
Also joining the cast in season three is Nina Arianda, who will play Will Graham’s wife, Molly. The new episodes will also revisit the mutilated Mason Verger (with Joe Anderson replacing Michael Pitt in the role) and a number of other characters who had unfortunate encounters with Mads Mikkelsen’s titular killer.
Variety sister site TVLine first reported Wesley’s casting.
“Hannibal” will return to NBC this summer. »
- Laura Prudom
Videos Watch the Hannibal Season 3 Teaser Trailer
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.
If it's one thing we love, more than dear family members and this great United States of America, it's NBC's "Hannibal." The operatic horror series, based on the Thomas Harris novels that also inspired "Silence of the Lambs," "Manhunter," and, yes, "Hannibal" (sorry if this is getting confusing), is one of the most visually striking, emotionally riveting and just-plain-scary television series to ever hit the small screen. All of this makes the wait in between seasons downright torturous, especially since it was recently announced that the show wouldn't return until summer. And thanks to a new trailer for the third season that NBC has just unleashed, well, that wait is going to be even harder.
The show, of course, follows the adventures of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a murderous shrink who is involved in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with an FBI profiler named Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). For »
- Drew Taylor
It’s been eight months since “Hannibal” ended season two with a bloodbath of epic proportions — and by the time the cult thriller returns to NBC this summer for season three, Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and his discerning palate will have been off our screens for more than a year. Thankfully, the network has devised a way to ease our separation anxiety with an atmospheric new trailer — a tasty morsel that should go down like liver and fava beans with a nice Chianti.
The new footage sees Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) tracking his friend-turned-foe across the globe (most notably to Florence, Italy, where some exteriors have reportedly been shot) a year after Hannibal escaped with Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) in the final moments of last season.
- Laura Prudom
After a shocking ending in 2014, the brilliant FBI investigator hunts for his killer psychiatrist
Now it’s Will Graham’s turn to forgive.
NBC released a sneak peak for this summer’s return of “Hannibal.” The teaser follows Will (Hugh Dancy) as he desperately tracks the whereabouts of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). It appears the two meet in a dimly lit underground tunnel somewhere in Europe.
“Hannibal,” Will shouts. “I forgive you.”
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Season 2’s ending shocked fans when a betrayed Hannibal left Will to bleed out »
- Alicia Banks
Although fans will have to wait a bit longer for Season 3 of Hannibal to premiere, with NBC confirming last week that the show will return sometime this summer, the network has released the first trailer to get everyone ready for Hannibal Lecter's return. This footage gives us our first look at Tao Okamoto's Lady Murusaki, who joined the cast back in October in a "major guest-starring arc." It's worth noting that, in the original Thomas Harris novels, Lady Murusaki is Hannibal Lecter's aunt, but it seems unlikely that this aspect of the novel will be kept intact for the show, since Tao Okamoto is 29 and Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Hannibal Lecter, is 49.
Series creator Bryan Fuller has previously teased that Season 3 will incorporate elements of the original books, with new twists, including a new origin story for Hannibal himself. We also reported last week that Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies »
Much like the culinary prowess of its compelling villain, the build-up to Hannibal season 3 has required a delicate balance of ingredients. The threat of the show’s cancellation loomed over fans until NBC optioned the gritty thriller for a third season, and tidbits surrounding the latest additions to its cast dripped through slowly until EW finally debuted the upcoming season’s first teaser trailer earlier today. All in all, our appetites have been whetted. Now we’re ready to eat.
The third year of NBC’s dark, brooding show finds troubled FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) in hot pursuit of the charismatic Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The dark, shadowy teaser only hints at the extent of Will’s determination in tracking down the cannibalistic serial killer. Remaining loyal to the tone of the show, the teaser avoids flashy extravagance, opting instead to burn out slow with scattered shots of »
- Gem Seddon
We have to wait until the Summer to see the return of NBC's "Hannibal" to screens, but today the network has offered us a treat with the first trailer for the upcoming third season. The first footage focuses on Will Graham's hunt for Lecter, the latter now residing in Florence with Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson).
All three characters are seen in the footage, along with our first glimpse of Tao Okamoto as Lady Murusaki. No sightings of Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde or Joe Anderson as the now disfigured Mason Verger as yet.
Nina Arianda ("30 Rock") has also joined the cast in a recurring role this season. With the new season jumping forward, Arianda will play a single mother named Molly who is also Will Graham's wife. Kim Greist and Mary Louise-Parker have played the role in previous screen adaptations of "Red Dragon".
- Garth Franklin
“Our minds can concoct all sorts of scenarios when we don’t want to believe something. We construct fairy tales… and we accept them.” A teaser trailer for Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal has been released, giving us our first look at Will Graham (Hugh Dancy), Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), and more in the drastically different third season of Bryan Fuller’s serial killer series.
Season 3 of Hannibal will debut this summer. It was recently revealed that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role in the third season. Arianda portrays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit films) will play The Tooth Fairy serial killer (aka Francis Dolarhyde) from Thomas Harris »
- Derek Anderson
We’re back with another round-up of horror and sci-fi news, including a casting update for Hannibal’s third season, Scream Factory’s new title announcement and their revealed special features for the Exterminators of the Year 3000 Blu-ray, and also an upcoming special screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard that will include a Q&A with director B. Harrison Smith and cast members Billy Zane, Dee Wallace Stone, and Felissa Rose.
TVLine reports that Tony award-winning Nina Arianda (Broadway’s Venus in Fur, Rob the Mob, Midnight in Paris) will play a recurring role on Hannibal in the third season that premieres this summer. Arianda plays a character named Molly—a strong single mother who is a romantic interest for one key character.
- Derek Anderson
NBC’s brilliant adaptation of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal has added a new member to its already strong cast today. According to TV Line – who broke the news exclusively – Hugh Dancy’s tortured Will Graham will finally find peace with his new love interest played by Broadway star, Nina Arianda. This will mark a reunion for the pair, as they previously worked together on the stage in a Broadway production of Venus In Fur.
Cast opposite Dancy, Ariadne will portray the FBI profiler’s new bride, Molly. A single mother, she has been described as “a strong, vibrant thirty-something who is not only unperturbed by her husband’s dark and occasionally tortured past — but has worked to help him overcome it. She understands that Will is a good man, and her love has allowed him to rebuild himself. But when Will is asked to return to the FBI, she also urges »
- Gem Seddon
The epic conclusion to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy – and his Middle-earth series – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has become just the second film of 2014 to cross $800 million at the global box office, with the fantasy epic pushing its global haul to $803.1 million this past weekend.
The Battle of the Five Armies remains the lowest-grossing instalment of the Middle-earth franchise behind The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($869.3 million), and is the second-biggest movie of last year after Transformers: Age of Extinction, which sits on $1.087 billion.
See Also: Read our reviews of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies here and here
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, »
- Gary Collinson
In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Jennifer Lawrence will play real-life diver Audrey Mestre for upcoming film "Dive," teaming again with "Catching Fire"/"Mockingjay" director Francis Lawrence. James Cameron will produce. Plus read stories on Dolly Parton's NBC movies deal, Bjork announces another new album, "Red Band Society" disbands, "Avatar" sequels are pushed back, "MasterChef Junior" is renewed, music mainstay Kim Fowley died, "Ghost in the Shell" gets a release date, "The Jungle Book" is pushed back, Richard Armitage joins "Red Dragon," and Fka twigs releases a new music video. What caught your eye in this week of entertainment? »
- Katie Hasty
Welcome to the "This Week in Horror," a new feature where HitFix's resident horror buff (yours truly) rounds up some of the biggest genre news to hit over the last seven days. In the debut edition? The remake of an '80s creature classic stalls out, a "Hobbit" dwarf goes dark for one of TV's gruesomest series, and a famed 66-year-old horror director prepares for pop-chart domination. Full roundup below. 1. Richard Armitage is playing a sadistic killer on "Hannibal" The News: The English thesp best known for playing Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's bloated fantasy trilogy has signed on to play a serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy on NBC's uber-violent crime series. The character was previously portrayed by Tom Noonan ("Manhunter") and Ralph Fiennes ("Red Dragon") on the big screen. How do we feel about this? If you're a fan of the critically-acclaimed/gruesomely over-the-top crime series (A human mural? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Here’s a summer bummer: You’re going to have to wait for that new season of Hannibal. Just on the heels of Richard Armitage’s casting as Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy, aka Red Dragon, aka Big Teeth Francis, the anticipation of a Red Dragon-centric season of Hannibal has been ramped up by the reveal its premiere…
The post Hannibal Season Three to Premiere this Summer appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
"Hannibal" season 3 will be a little late for dinner — as in summer. NBC executives had previously suggested that Bryan Fuller's Hannibal Lecter prequel series would likely return very late in the season, and at press tour today, NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said it would actually be on in the summer. "It's a show we love," Greenblatt said. "We love it. We also love summer," noting that it would be part of a lineup that could also include David Duchovny chasing Charles Manson in "Aquarius" and Zachary Levi in "Heroes: Reborn." "It’s been critically acclaimed by a few of you in the room, if not many," he added. (Technically, this may be true; "Hannibal" finished 12th overall in the HitFix Television Critics Poll, but with only votes from eight critics.) Hannibal's first season debuted late in spring, and the show wasn't even renewed for a second until »
- Alan Sepinwall
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