‘Hannibal’ Casts Richard Armitage As ‘The Tooth Fairy’ For Season 3

Fresh from his performance as Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit trilogy, Richard Armitage has been cast to play The Tooth Fairy in Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal.

The British thespian has devoted the last several years of his career to playing the King of the Dwarves in director Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien fantasy novel. During this time, the 43-year-old actor also starred in the action film Into The Storm, about a town that gets leveled by powerful twisters.

Additionally, Armitage had a stint in theater when he was cast as John Proctor in the Old Vic production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, directed by Yael Farber. The play ran from June 21 to September 13, 2014. Richard’s performance received rave reviews and he was awarded Best Leading Actor in a New Production of a Play by Broadway World U.K. Awards 2014 for this performance.

Prior to his casting in Hannibal, Richard Armitage will portray Dr. Scott White, a physician at a sleep research center, in the psychological thriller Sleepwalker. No release date has been announced at this time.

Richard Armitage’s casting in Hannibal was first reported by TV Line, which announced the news with the a tweet revealing who would be playing the serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a The Tooth Fairy.

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Richard Armitage is stepping into some big shoes with this performance. Previously The Tooth Fairy has been played by by Ralph Fiennes in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon (2002), as well as by Tom Noonan in Michael Mann’s Manhunter (1986). The serial killer gets his chilling nickname because of his habit of biting his victims.

The actor, who last year surprised his loyal fans by opening a Twitter account, has not commented on his new role as of yet. However, we can expect some kind on comment via the social media site in the coming future. During his press junket for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Armitage talked about how he approaches his roles.

“I work physically and emotionally in a way that I haven’t worked before. So no matter who the next director is or whatever the next project is, my bar is in a certain place and I’m not going to lower it. So my expectations of my own work are higher now than they’ve ever been before.”

Aside from his casting in Hannibal, the miniseries stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, and Caroline Dhavernas.

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