Production of Marvel’s “Daredevil” television series is already underway with a premiere on Netflix set for sometime next year, and now the comic book studio is gearing up to get things in order for the next series that leads to “The Defenders.”
The next series on the way is “Jessica Jones” and Deadline reports Marvel has already assembled a shortlist of actresses they’re interested in for the lead role. The names include but are not limited to Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23”), Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective,” Percy Jackson), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”).
There’s probably other names in the running, but these are the ones that have surfaced for now to play the title character, a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hang up her alter ego and open her own detective agency, which she uses to help people and even assist other superheroes. “Dexter” writer and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, who also scripted the Twilight franchise, is attached to write and executive produce the series.
In the comic books, Jessica Jones partnered up with Luke Cage, another one of the four series that will lead up to “The Defenders,” and it just so happens that Marvel is also looking at some names for that character too, because he shows up in about six or seven of the episodes in the “Jessica Jones” series before the focus shifts to his own story. As of now, “Crisis” star Lance Gross (left) and Mike Colter (right) of “The Good Wife” and Halo: Nightfall are in the running, but there could be other names in the mix as well.
That’s not a bad assembly of names to pick from for “Jessica Jones,” with all of them having genre experience across the board. The only outlier seems to be Krysten Ritter, who hasn’t seen much action on the big or small screen, but is predominantly known for her comedy work. However, that didn’t stop Chris Pratt from becoming a household name with his starring role in Guardians of the Galaxy after delivering laughs on “Parks & Recreation.”
It’s exciting to see this Marvel cinematic universe model play out in TV series form too, and it’ll be interesting to see how these shows begin to tie in to the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as well, which in its second season has been much stronger with more clear ties to the film universe. If you haven’t seen our first look at “Daredevil,” be sure to check that out right here, and stay tuned for updates on all the Marvel shows in the works right here at GeekNation.
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