Another important chapter in the Hannibal Lecter legend kicks off with some big casting news.
One of the great things about Hannibal's debut season, among many other elements, was its ambition. Bryan Fuller is determined not just to tell his own Hannibal Lecter tales, but also to take the classic Thomas Harris characters and explore them in new ways. Now NBC has announced that Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt will join the cast late in Hannibal's second season as another Harris character: the rich but disturbed Mason Verger.
First introduced in Harris' 1999 novel Hannibal (and played by Gary Oldman in the film adaptation of that book), Verger is a patient of Lecter's who is left severely and permanently mutilated and disabled after a drug-fueled session with the doctor. By the time we meet him in the novel, the disfigurement has already happened, and Verger is plotting to get revenge on Lecter by feeding him to a group of ravenous, wild boars. Pitt, obviously, will play a version of the character who hasn't experienced this yet (if he'll experience it at all), and according to EW, he'll be engaging in a "cat-and-mouse" game with Lecter. Katharine Isabelle, of Ginger Snaps, American Mary and Being Human fame, has been cast as Verger's sister, Margot. In the Hannibal novel, Margot is molested by Verger as a child, and their relationship as adult siblings is rather disturbing as a result, but it's unknown whether the TV series will pursue that particular plotline, or Verger's pedophilic tendencies overall.
Wherever Fuller decides to take the Verger family, it's clear he's set to take the series into even more ambitious (and potentially terrifying) territory with this addition. We'll see Lecter and Verger face off later this year.