‘Hannibal’ Season 3: First Image of Joe Anderson as Mason Verger, Replacing Michael Pitt

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Mason Verger will look a little different in season three of “Hannibal” — and not just because the sadistic entrepreneur mutilated his own face during his last encounter with Mads Mikkelsen’s titular cannibal.

The character of Mason Verger — a pivotal figure in Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel, “Hannibal,” and the movie adaptation of the same name — was played by Michael Pitt in season two of the NBC drama. According to Variety‘s sister site TV Line, Pitt chose to exit the series and will be replaced in the role by Joe Anderson for the show’s upcoming third season.

Anderson has been posting Instagram pictures from the Toronto set for the past month, including what appeared to be an image of himself in Mason’s full prosthetic makeup (which has since been deleted) and a throwback photo of Gary Oldman in the role from the 2001 “Hannibal” film adaptation.

How long does it take you to put your face on in the morning? #hannibal

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Haha. #garryoldman

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What do you think of the recasting?

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  1. Into Dark says:

    Recasts are always annoying at some point. From my perspective they could have left both of the Vergers out of the Show. Otherwise Hannibal is fantastic.

  2. Penelope says:

    I’m sure the new “Mason” is lovely. However, I LOVED Michael Pitt as Mason Verger!! If it’s true he is a pain in the arse to work with, then shame on you, Michael,,,,,it’s never wise to look a gift horse in the mouth!!! Good luck new Mason…aka: Joe Anderson :)

  3. I like Michael Pitt as an actor, but by all accounts, he is a nightmare to work with. There’s a reason he was killed off on Boardwalk Empire.

  4. crookedmindframe says:

    Pitt is a great actor, a shame to here he won’t be returning for season 3

  5. Christina says:

    michael pitt was amazing as mason, i wonder why he wanted to leave :/ either way still stoked for season 3

  6. Bobby Browning says:

    I like Michael Pitt :(

  7. Jamie says:

    brilliant, Joe Anderson is brilliant!

  8. Pitt has his reasons. Anderson, has a LOT to carry. Hopefully the role will be of benefit to his career.

  9. twintosser says:

    adored Pitt as verger – but even when he first signed on I questioned on whether he would return for another season. too bad!

  10. Daniel Jackson says:

    Pitt is AWESOME….Anderson it’s fine…but is not Michael Pitt(too bad).

  11. Johanna says:

    Sad to see Pitt go, but Anderson is going to rock it!

  12. jhs39 says:

    The series 2 season finale for Hannibal was so ridiculously campy and awful–it ruined what was otherwise a great season. I’m not sure if I’m going to come back for season 3 after the way season 2 ended.

  13. Zepp says:

    Must be a slow news day because TVline.com already reported this last week.

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