With Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) firmly behind bars (at least for now), it makes sense that 'Hannibal' would want to introduce a new patient to Dr. Lecter's couch. And, according to Entertainment Weekly, NBC's dark thriller has nabbed 'Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt for that exact purpose.
The actor has been cast to play the well-known character of Mason Verger, an unstable, wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with our cannibalistic serial killer. (Fun fact: a cast description for the role compared him to being akin to Andrew Scott's portrayal of Moriarty on 'Sherlock.')
Hardcore Hannibal fans may recall that Gary Oldman previously played an older version of Mason Verger in 2001's 'Hannibal' — a film adaptation of Thomas Harris’ 'Hannibal' novel. (Dude certainly knows how to hold a bit of a grudge.) So actually getting to see how this twisted relationship began will definitely serve as an enticing treat to an already appetizing season.
Viewers can expect to see Pitt's character introduced late in Season 2, though no precise date/episode has been announced. Meanwhile, the network has also enlisted Katharine Isabelle ('Being Human') to play the part of Verger’s sister, who may develop a strong connection with Will.
'Hannibal's second season premieres Friday, Feb. 28 at 10/9c on NBC.