In another bit of surprising casting, actress Carrie-Anne Moss has joined the cast of the soon-to-film A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Moss will play a potential ally to Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones.
Earlier this afternoon, Marvel.com officially announced the addition of Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) to the cast of their upcoming Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Moss is tabbed to turn out as a potential ally to Jones, given her ability to maintain Jones' abrasive personality. Here's the official release via Marvel.com:
Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Carrie-Anne Moss will star in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."
Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica...if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.
Moss will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.
“Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” said Rosenberg.
“Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her interaction with Jessica Jones will be one of the many highlights of the series.”
Moss starred as Trinity in all three films of the Matrix trilogy, and in her 25-year career she has also starred in “Memento,” “Chocolat,” and “Disturbia,” as well as more than two dozen other feature films. Past TV credits include roles on “Vegas,” and “Crossing Lines.”
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 Wrap's Jeff Sneider, who broke the news ahead of the Marvel release, added one interesting tidbit: Moss' character will be called Harper. Harper isn't anyone directly related to Jones in the comics, making this is the second bit of casting in the last week that doesn't seem to come from the Jessica Jones source material, but given the lack of Jones-centric material available it's not surprising.
The name Harper could have been the name of the role Moss tested for (David Tennant who was cast as Kilgrave would have read for the role of Kincaid, for instace) or it could be the name of the character. While there are no comic book characters with direct links to Jessica Jones or the Defenders named Harper, Jill Harper served a role in the Marvel Zombies stories as a Captain of the Guardsman Alpha Squad, and could potentially be someone Marvel retcons into a new character.
It's also possible Moss could be playing any number of female Defenders, another Marvel character under a different name or a new character written just for the show. One possibility that keeps running through my head is that Moss' character might be in charge of a big NYC newspaper since Marvel cannot use the Daily Bugle and J. Jonah Jameson. This one seems to be going the way of Rosario Dawson's character, later revealed to be an amalgamation of Claire Temple and Night Nurse, so we may have to sit on it until July or so, whenever Marvel decides to introduce the full cast (my bet is at SDCC '15).
Stay tuned here for more official updates or anything that runs across my mind!