Hannibal Season 3: Richard Armitage Praises TV Over Movies

Hannibal Season 3 is right around the corner and less than a month away, and Richard Armitage is already touting the series as one of the best things he’s worked on. 

We are just weeks — no longer months — away from the premiere of Hannibal Season 3 on NBC, and already the show is getting high praise from new cast members.

Ricahrd Armitage is brand new to the cast, but he’s already making his love of the show known — which hopefully means he’s going to be sticking around for a while. Armitage signed on to play the infamous Francis Dolarhyde, otherwise known as The Tooth Fairy from Red Dragon.

In a recent interview, Armitage noted that the beauty of doing a television series is that there is plenty of time to tell a story where as a film confines you to a two hour window — and most of the time less than that.

“Most movies are maximum two hours long,” mused Armitage, “and we get six hours to really explore the fine detail of what it means to be a psychopath, and understand the roots of that, the birth of a child that turns into a monster. It’s going to be very interesting.”

Hannibal Season 3 is already garnering a ton of hype after two solid seasons preceding it, and this little bit of praise from Armitage could go a long way. Right now, the series touts three movie stars in it’s ranks with Lawrence Fishburne, Armitage and of course Mads Mikkelsen and they’re adding Zachary Quitno in a guest role this season to bring the total to four.

Actors love working in television, and it’s starting to supplant movies as the best way to tell stories. The pay may not be outrageous for part-time roles like that of Quinto’s, but actors do lame box office films all the time to allow for projects like Hannibal to happen. Plus, there’s always residuals that series regular actors land which results in some serious coin.

Armitage may just be praising the series, but he’s hinting at something that might allow for more big names to come to Hannibal as the series continues.