In a surprising cast change, Michael Pitt has opted out of returning for the third season of NBC’s “Hannibal”. Instead, actor Joe Anderson (“The Grey,” “Across the Universe”) will be taking over the role of Mason Verger in the new season says TV Line.
Pitt played the character, who serves as the antagonist of the Thomas Harris novel “Hannibal,” in numerous episodes of the show’s second season. When we last saw him, the character was paralysed, confined to a respirator and covered in a facial mask after Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) drugs and orders him to peel off his face and feed it to the dogs of Will Graham (Hugh Dancy).
The character plays a part in the third season and so showrunner Bryan Fuller has had to recast. Considering Verger’s visage will be either under a mask or shown as a grotesque make-up job, Anderson will only have to nail the voice. The actor has also posted a photo of the make-up he’ll be donning in the role on his Instagram account, check it out below:
The site also reports that the role of Verger’s personal doctor Cordell will play a recurring part next season. The character is described as “quiet, very intelligent and definitely creepy.”