Friday, January 30, 2015

Marvel Adds Rachael Taylor to the Cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones


With production set to get underway sometime early next month, Marvel has officially announced another member of the cast of its second Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Grey's Anatomy alum Rachael Taylor will portray Patricia Walker, Jessica Jones' best friend and costumed superhero Hellcat!

Rachael Taylor (The Loft, Grey's Anatomy) has officially joined Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and David Tennant for the upcoming Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Taylor has been tabbed to play Jessica Jones' best friend, Patricia Walker, a former child-star turned talk show host who will most likely double as the costumed vigilante Hellcat.


Here's the official release, via Marvel.com:

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Rachael Taylor will star as Patricia “Trish” Walker in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."
 
Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as "Patsy" Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica's career. 
The character of Patricia Walker has roots dating back to 1944 with her first appearance in MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE #2, and in the comics Walker donned the super hero identity of Hellcat in 1976.


Taylor will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter”).
 
“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said Rosenberg. “Rachael is all that and more!” 
“Rachael's ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements of our series will provide a perfect emotional anchor for Jessica Jones,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanizing take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.” 
Taylor can next be seen in theaters with “The Loft.” “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” marks her first Netflix series, while past TV credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Crisis.” 
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. 
"Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix. 
For more information on "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.
The addition of the Trish/Patsy Walker to the roster of MCU heroes comes as a surprise as Walker was not, to my knowledge, ever deeply involved with Jessica Jones in the source comic book material. It's likely that Walker will take the place of Jessica's superheroine best friend, Carol Danvers, for the purposes of the series. The character of Walker has an interesting history dating back to the 1940s and was introduced into the Marvel universe in the 1960s and spent time as a member of both the Avengers and Defenders.


While the official release makes only a brief mention of her Hellcat persona, I find it hard to believe that we won't see her suit up during the course of the Defenders lead-in series. I'm guessing she didn't become best friends with Jessica Jones because of all the other things they had in common given Walker's past as a child star and model and Jones' very so-so everyday life.

It'll be interesting to see how they adapt Hellcat to fit the MCU given the mystical nature of her abilities and her suit. It's also worth thinking about if her story will include any references to Tigra or her comic book husband, Daimon Hellstrom, the son of Satan and himself a member of the Defenders. I like a Marvel Cinematic Universe where characters like Hellcat can exist; it gives me hope that we can see other characters such as Moon Knight, White Tiger, Nighthawk and even Man-Thing making their ways through the playscape.