Comic-Con 2015: Richard Armitage on Playing The Red Dragon In Hannibal!

Armitage tells us how he humanized Francis Dolarhyde in the upcoming episodes of Hannibal.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

The critically beloved Hannibal TV series is coming to an end this summer, barring a miracle pickup from someone other than Netflix or Amazon Prime. But first, Bryan Fuller and his team of actors will finally deal with the title character of the first Hannibal novel, Red Dragon!

The Hobbit star Richard Armitage will play Francis Dolarhyde AKA the Red Dragon later this season on Hannibal. Tom Noonan originated the role in Manhunter, while Ralph Fiennes portrayed Dolarhyde in Red Dragon.

At Comic-Con International 2015, Armitage told CraveOnline’s William Bibbiani how it felt to step into the iconic role of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, and how he found the humanity within one of the cinematic world’s greatest monsters. Armitage also shared his process for becoming “The Great Red Dragon” and teased the series finale of Hannibal!

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As created by Bryan Fuller, Hannibal is a remixed and modernized version of Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon novel that explores the history of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Mads Mikkelsen plays the title role of Hannibal, with Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, with Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford and Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom.  

New to Hannibal for the third season are Joe Anderson as Mason Verger, Richard Armitage as Francis Dolarhyde, Nina Arianda as Molly Graham, and Rutina Wesley as Reba McClane.