Pitt will play Mason Verger, an unstable, wealthy patient of Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a role originated by Gary Oldman in the 2001 film Hannibal. When Verger is introduced late into the second season of the NBC show, he will develop a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the cannibal killer.
As anyone who saw the film or read Thomas Harris' Hannibal novel knows, this game won't end well for Verger. Set years after the events of the NBC show's current season, the book finds Verger as the only surviving victim of Dr. Lecter, who convinced him to hang himself and cut off most of his own face and feed it to dogs.
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Hannibal returns Friday, Feb. 28 at 10/9c on NBC.