NBC ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Spoilers: ‘Hobbit’ Richard Armitage Joins Cast as Red Dragon Francis Dolarhyde

By James Knight on May 08, 2015 01:37 PM EDT

Hannibal returns to NBC this summer with for its third season. This year stage and screen actor Richard Armitage (The Hobbit) joins the cast as Francis Dolarhyde, A.K.A The Red Dragon. Recently, showrunner Bryan Fuller opened up about the size of Armitage’s role, calling him the “third lead,” alongside Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen).

Hannibal is coming back this summer and it is bringing in Richard Armitage to play Francis Dolarhyde. If you are not familiar with Dolarhyde, you will be. The Great Red Dragon is going to be a major part of Season 3, as executive producer Bryan Fuller recently told Digital Spy:

"He is in the show almost as much as Hugh and Mads are in the second half of the season. So we really spend a lot of time with Dolarhyde, in a way that neither of the movies have had the real estate to."

Fuller went on to take us inside the head of the lip biting madman, adding:

"A lot of what we see with Dolarhyde is just him alone in a room struggling with his insanity. I wanted the audience to be so confused with this character because we get to know him, and we get to see this man who is suffering, from his mind eating him alive from the inside out."

Are you excited about the new season? What do you think about Richard Armitage’s casting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Hannibal Season 3 premieres on Thursday, June 4 on NBC.

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