Krysten Ritter is Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ (UPDATED: Luke Cage has been cast!)
Update 12/23/14: Marvel has announced that the role of Luke Cage has been cast. The role will be filled by Mike Colter (Halo: Nightfall, American Horror Story: Coven), and he will debut in Jessica Jones alongside Ritter.
The second of five Marvel TV shows heading to Netflix has found its lead. According to Deadline, actress Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B—- in Aprtement 23) has been cast as the lead in Jessica Jones.
Jessica Jones will follow Daredevil to Netflix, which is filming now and will be released during May 2015. They will later be joined by the shows Luke Cage and Iron Fist, then all four properties will be combined in the mini-series, The Defenders. No release date has been given for any of the shows beyond Daredevil.
Jessica Jones will be overseen by Melissa Rosenberg, and the 13-episode first season will focus on Jones, a superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress. Jones decides to give up being a hero as a result, and becomes a private detective instead.
In the comic, Jones is in a relationship with Luke Cage, and the two have a child together. According to the report, the show will at least hint at that. In casting Ritter, Marvel Studios did screen tests with the actress and The Following’s Mike Colter, one of the two actors believed to be in the running for the role of Luke Cage. No announcement on that show has been made, but given the screen tests it suggests that Colter may be the studio’s choice.
Ritter was one of five actresses being considered for the role of Jones, but one of the things that seemed to be working against her was scheduling. This year alone she will be seen in five feature films and two TV shows. That appears to have been resolved though, and filming is expected to begin soon.
Ritter is best known for her comedic work, although her 9-episode stint on Breaking Bad proved that she was up for dramatic turns. Marvel may also have looked at the success of Chris Pratt – also known for his comedic roles – in Guardians of the Galaxywhen casting Ritter.
Jessica Jones is expected to be released on Netflix next year at some point, although that is unconfirmed.