'Hobbit' Star Richard Armitage to Join NBC's 'Hannibal'

NEXT BIG THING: Richard Armitage

The veteran British character actor, 40, is stepping into the blockbuster big leagues as Thorin in "The Hobbit" trilogy and as the recently announced leading man in New Line's untitled tornado thriller.

The actor who played Thorin Oakenshield will take on the role of serial killer Francis Dolarhyde, aka The Tooth Fairy.

From king of the dwarves to the Tooth Fairy. 

Richard Armitage, who played Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit trilogy, is set to join the cast of NBC's Hannibal as Francis Dolarhyde, the serial killer chillingly nicknamed the Tooth Fairy. TV Line first reported the news, which was confirmed on the show's official Twitter account. 

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The British actor takes on the role immortalized onscreen by Ralph Fiennes in Brett Ratner's Red Dragon (2002) and also previously depicted by Tom Noonan in Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986). The Tooth Fairy is so called because of the killer's penchant for biting his victims. 

Armitage is reportedly set to appear in six episodes of season three, which will see Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) on the run after his ghoulish double identity is revealed. 

Season three of Hannibal is set to premiere this year, although NBC has yet to confirm dates. 

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