Monday, January 26, 2015

David Tennant Joins the Cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones as 'Kilgrave'

Via official release, Marvel has announced that David Tennant (Doctor Who) will portray Kilgrave, the main antagonist in the upcoming Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

In another brilliant casting move, Marvel has announced that fanboy favorite, David Tennant, will join the cast of the upcoming A.K.A. Jessica Jones as the series main antagonist, Kilgrave. Check out the official release below:
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that David Tennant will star as the villainous Kilgrave in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil." 
An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world. 
Tennant will star opposite Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter, who will play Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.” The series was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.  
“I'm so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said Rosenberg. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He'll make Kilgrave a truly original villain."
“Anyone familiar with David's work knows he brings an incredible level of dedication to any role he inhabits, a level we knew we would need from the man playing Kilgrave,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.” 
Tennant rose to international fame as the Tenth Doctor in the BBC hit series “Doctor Who,” and most recently starred in “Broadchurch” and its American adaptation, “Gracepoint.” 
After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica 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.
Kilgrave will be an adaptation of Marvel Comics' character Zebediah Kilgrave/The Purple Man. A Yugoslavian spy who first appeared in Daredevil, Kilgrave was involved in a chemical weapon spill and gained the ability to manipulate people through the release of pheromones. Kilgrave and Jessica Jones have an intricately intertwined past and it was always a given that the character would be a part of the show. I've always expected that Kilgrave was a part of the plan.

If done well (and casting Tennant is a HUGE step in the right direction), Kilgrave could easily become one of Marvel's most hated villains.