UPDATED 12/5: Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has officially confirmed the casting news with Marvel’s official website, saying, “Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands. We can’t wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015.”
Original Story: Just over a couple weeks ago, we learned that 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”) were all up for the lead role in Marvel’s TV series “Jessica Jones.” And now we have word on who they have picked to take the part.
Deadline has word that it will be Krysten Ritter taking the title role of the superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, who hangs up her alter ego and opens her own detective agency, which she uses to help people and even assist other superheroes. The source says it was between Ritter and Teresa Palmer, and the former ended up getting the gig.
Ritter is quite the interesting choice, especially since her dramatic experience is rather limited. Her background isn’t dissimilar from that of Chris Pratt, who also had a strong comedic background before landing the lead role in Guardians of the Galaxy, so it’s not hard to see why Marvel is willing to take a chance on her with the next series in their line-up (beginning with “Daredevil” starting next year) that will lead to “The Defenders.”
As we learned in our last report, Marvel was also closing in on an actor to take the lead role of “Luke Cage.” The series won’t happen until after “Jessica Jones,” but the casting now is necessary because the character actually appears in six or seven episodes of the female-led project. And Deadline says it looks like “The Good Wife” and Halo: Nightfall star Mike Colter is Marvel’s choice for the role.
Hopefully Marvel confirms the news sometime soon, especially since they finally came out and revealed Benedict Cumberbatch to be Doctor Strange in the big screen comic book universe, but in the meantime, it sounds like this series is ready to get a supporting cast together now that the lead has been found.
“Jessica Jones” doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but “Dexter” writer and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg, who also scripted the Twilight franchise, is attached to write and executive produce the series. If “Daredevil” premieres in 2015, we’d guess that “Jessica Jones” will arrive in 2016, but we can’t be sure. Stay tuned for more.
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