There will be a new face appearing among the gang at Litchfield prison in the upcoming season of Orange is the New Black. The actor-comedian Mike Birbiglia has been cast in the highly anticipated season three of the adored hit Netflix show.
As is usually the case in all things OITNB-related, showrunner Jenji Kohan is keeping specific details surrounding the part under tight wraps. According to The Hollywood Reporter, all that’s been revealed so far is that it will be a recurring role in a season that Kohan has described as being “about faith.”
It’s the latest notable gig Birbiglia has added to his growing acting resume. The comedian was last seen playing a support group leader in the box office smash film, The Fault in Our Stars. In addition to making an appearance in the upcoming stage-to-screen adaptation, Annie, he’s also wrapping roles in Digging for Fire alongside New Girl’s Jake Johnson, Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow, and the untitled Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara flick previously known as Don’t Mess With Texas.
But while not much information is known about Birbiglia’s part on the series yet, that hasn’t stopped the show’s dedicated fanbase from speculating over who he might be playing. In late July, it was revealed that the show would be losing one significant character next season, with actor Pablo Schreiber not reprising his role as prison guard Officer Mendez (otherwise known as Pornstache). Now, many are suggesting Birbiglia might take his place as a new security officer.