Friday, December 5, 2014

UPDATE: Marvel OFFICALLY Casts Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

According to Deadline, actress Krysten Ritter has been chosen as the lead in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
UPDATE: Everything below has been confirmed today via

Marvel has revealed that the series now officially titled A.K.A. Jessica Jones, will air in 2015 and seemingly focus on Jones' life after her stint as the costumed superheroine Jewel. The release contained the following brief synopsis:
After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

It's interesting to see they've added the "A.K.A." to the title and I'm sure that has to do with the fact that show runner Melissa Rosenberg, who has been developing the show for Marvel for years, is still attached and that has always been a part of the title of her show. Rosenberg, who will also act as executive producer of the series, commented on Ritter's fit for the role of the hardened Jones saying, "Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands." Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel TV, chimed in on Ritter saying,"Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes. As Jessica Jones, Krysten will bring one of the most beloved new characters of the past decade to life in a way we know will delight her longtime fans and introduce her to many more."

This is the first indication from Marvel that the show will air in 2015, though a release date is still forthcoming from the studio.

Following a series of screen tests that involved 4 other actresses, Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) has been selected to fill the role of Jessica Jones in the upcoming Netflix series, Marvel's second direct-to-TV series.

According to Deadline, actress Teresa Palmer was the other finalist for the role, with Marvel reportedly choosing Ritter following script read-throughs to determine chemistry with actor Mike Colter, the studios' apparent choice for Luke Cage, Jones' comic book husband and father to her child. It appears that the relationship between Jones and Cage will be central to the shows, as Cage is rumored to appear in roughly half of the 13-episode Jessica Jones series.

The series, to be written by Melissa Rosenberg, will focus on Jones, a one-time superheroine who gave up the tights and pursued a "normal" life that never turned out to be normal. Unlike Daredevil, the series that precedes Jessica Jones, there is not a long history of story lines for Rosenberg to adapt. The majority of her comic book history comes from the Brian Michael Bendis' series Alias and The Pulse, which followed Jones' careers as a private investigator and newspaper contributor. Alias, a MAX series, was intended for mature audiences and included some not-so-typical-comic book content. While we know that the Netflix series have been described as street-level and gritty, it's unlikely that they'll delve into some of the topics quite as graphically as Bendis did.

While Deadline did not confirm Colter as Cage, his involvement in the final casting of Ritter seems to strongly indicate he'll be the choice. I'm not entirely familiar with either Colter or Ritter, but juding books by their covers, I think they both look the part. Ritter has a VERY unique look. She's not overtly or strikingly beautiful, but you have to keep looking. Colter is a smooth looking man and while he's probably got some beefing up to do to keep up with the expected physique of Luke Cage, I'm sure he'll be looking the part by the time the cameras roll.