Netflix’s highly anticipated slate of Marvel series is kicking off this year, starting with Daredevil and eventually continuing with A.K.A. Jessica Jones. With the former set to premiere in April, casting for the latter has officially shifted into high gear over the past several weeks. Here’s what we know about the upcoming comic series and its stars.
Spearheaded by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter), the 13-episode drama will center on the female superhero, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and subsequently decides to hang up her costume and open her own detective agency, where she helps other superheroes and normal civilians alike. The forthcoming series will mark the first time the character has been brought to screen, although she’s previously appeared in the video game Marvel Heroes.
As announced in December, Krysten Ritter has been cast in the title role. The actress beat out the likes of Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Jessica De Gouw, and Marin Ireland for the part. A.K.A. Jessica Jones will mark a grittier role for the actress, although it won’t be her first leading turn on TV. Most recently, she starred in NBC’s Mission Control, which was canceled last year before it ever went to air, as well as ABC’s short-lived Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. She showcased her dramatic acting chops with her turn as Jesse’s acerbic girlfriend on the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad.
Now, she’s set to show off her action-star chops in A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Though specific plot details haven’t been revealed, Marvel has confirmed that the upcoming show and the other Netflix series will be darker in tone than its blockbuster films, focusing on “crime stories [that are] more in the streets than in the clouds.”
The series found another lead in actor Mike Colter, who is set to play Luke Cage. Colter, known for his roles on The Following and The Good Wife, will reportedly be featured in several installments of A.K.A. Jessica Jones before eventually starring in his own spinoff. As comic fans may know, Cage started as an ex-con who received superhuman strength following prison experiments. When he meets Jones, the secrets of his past will dramatically alter her in ways she never imagined.
Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is also set to take on a significant role in the show. The actor will portray Kilgrave, an “enigmatic figure” from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will have enormous consequences for her. The character is rumored to be the show’s main antagonist, although that has yet to be officially confirmed.
Meanwhile, Transformers and Crisis star Rachael Taylor will reportedly play Jones’ closest friend, Patricia “Trish” Walker. Per Netflix, Trish is former child actor and model who hosts her own syndicated radio talk show under the pseudonym “Patsy” Walker. Her character will reportedly help Jessica “embark on the most dangerous journey of her career.”
Also joining the cast? According to The Wrap, The Matrix star Carrie Ann Moss will play Harper, a “no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica.” The Originals alum Eka Darville, The Kings of Summer‘s Erin Moriarty, and Red Widow alum Wil Traval have also signed on to the project. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Darville will play Malcolm, a neighbor of Jessica’s whose life will cross with the private detective’s in a surprising way. Moriarty will play Hope, a young girl who becomes a client of Jessica’s business. Meanwhile, Traval will play a by-the-book New York City Police Department officer.
No premiere date for the series has been scheduled yet, but Netflix recently suggested that it plans to release each of the Marvel series a year apart. With Daredevil scheduled to air this year, that means A.K.A. Jessica Jones will likely hit the streaming service at some point in 2016.