Thursday, December 4, 2014

A.K.A. JESSICA JONES Casts Krysten Ritter as...Jessica Jones

Get ready for a veritable onslaught of F-bombs.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Krysten Ritter has been cast in the lead role of Jessica Jones in A.K.A. Jessica Jones, the second Marvel Cinematic Universe series to air on Netflix.  Airing sometime after Daredevil, the series will also be 13 episodes that lead up to The Defenders miniseries that unites the two Marvel Comics characters along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist. 

Jones is described in the article as "a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder that leads to her hanging up her costume and opening up her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes."

Marvel confirmed the news on its site, providing the show's official title as well. 

"Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands," said executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg.  "We can't wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015."

"Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes," said Jeph Loeb, executive producer/Marvel's Head of Television.  "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."

The 32-year-old actress is best known as Jane Margolis on the AMC series Breaking Bad and recent starred in the ABC series Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23.  Ritter also appeared in the television and movie versions of Veronica Mars as Gia Goodman and has had roles on The Blacklist, Gossip Girl and Gilmore Girls.

Created in 2001 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones first appeared in the Marvel MAX series Alias #1 as a former superhero turned private investigator.  As high school student Jessica Campbell, she was riding in a car with her family until it was collided with a military convoy transporting radioactive materials.  Jessica's family was killed, and after spending months in a coma, she awoke during the first arrival of Galactus to find that she had super-strength, limited invulnerability and flight.

Taking the superhero identity of Jewel, Jessica had a fairly uneventful career until she encountered the Purple Man during disturbance at a restaurant.  The Purple Man used his power of mind control and kept her under his command for eight months until she accidentally encountered the Scarlet Witch at Avengers Mansion.  The resulting battle with The Vision and Iron Man left her in another coma for months, under the care of S.H.I.E.L.D., until she was brought out by Jean Grey of the X-Men.  The personal violation by the Purple Man left her demoralized, so she gave up life as a superhero and opened a detective agency.  She later became romantically involved with Luke Cage and the two had a child, Danielle Cage, eventually marrying.  After the events of Dark Reign, Jessica resumed her costumed identity as Jewel and joined Luke as a member of the New Avengers.

Jessica Jones is expected to air sometime in 2015 on Netflix.

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