"Hannibal" returns to NBC at the end of February and a new key role in the story of Hannibal Lecter was just announced. TV Line reported on Jan. 31 that "Boardwalk Empire" actor Michael Pitt will be joining the show as an unstable wealthy patient of Lecter.
The character is also one that long time Hannibal Lecter fans should recognize. Pitt will play Mason Verger, the same character that Gary Oldman portrayed in the movie "Hannibal." That character was seeking vengeance against Lecter for disfiguring him during a therapy session, clear evidence that Michael Pitt's character's fate will not be pretty.
Also cast for the season is Katherine Isabelle as Mason Verger's unstable twin sister. That is great casting as well, as Isabelle proved to be a solid horror star in the werewolf movie "Ginger Snaps" and the fantastic independent 2013 horror movie "American Mary." According to reports, she will also be a patient of Lecter after suffering abuse at the hands of her serial killer brother.
Of course, the entire plot line with Mason Verger will be just a portion of the overall theme of season two, as the trailers released prove. In the big "Hannibal" trailer released last week, it is clear the big arc for the season will be Will Graham in prison for murders he didn't commit while his boss Jack Crawford searches for the truth about Hannibal Lecter.
"Hannibal" returns to NBC on Friday, Feb. 28, at 10 p.m. EST.