Krysten Ritter to Lead Marvel’s Netflix Series JESSICA JONES; Mike Colter in Line for Luke Cage Role

     December 4, 2014


Marvel has found its next superhero, and it happens to be another television alum a la Chris Pratt.  A couple of weeks ago, a shortlist was unveiled of actresses that were in the mix to lead Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Jessica JonesAlexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, and Jessica De Gouw were reported as being invited to test for the part, and now word comes that Breaking Bad alum Ritter has come away with the role.  This is the second in a series of four standalone Netflix shows that will lead to the Avengers-style team-up miniseries The Defenders, and in addition to the Jessica Jones casting, it appears that Marvel has zeroed in on its Luke Cage as well.  More after the jump.

[Update: Marvel has confirmed the casting as well as the official title for the show: Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.]

jessica-jones-luke-cagePer Deadline, Ritter has been set to play Jessica Jones in Marvel’s appropriately titled Netflix series, Jessica Jones, which has Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg onboard as showrunner.  Apparently the role came down to Ritter and Palmer, but Ritter ended up pulling ahead.  The actress is certainly talented and already has experience in television having lead the critically acclaimed sitcom Don’t Trust the B—in Apt. 23.  And it’s impossible to forget her impactful guest stint on Breaking Bad.

Additionally, Deadline notes that The Following actor Mike Colter is believed to be the choice to play Luke Cage, as Ritter and Palmer were testing opposite him in their auditions.  Cage will first appear in a number of episodes of Jessica Jones before leading his own Netflix series, Luke Cage.  We previously heard that Colter was in the running for the street fighter character alongside Crisis star Lance Gross.

The story of Jessica Jones revolves around a superhero suffering from PTSD who decides to hang up her costume for good and open her own detective agency where she assists other superheroes instead.  The character has a romantic relationship with Cage, which is why his character will be showcased in 6 or 7 episodes of the Jessica Jones show.  Jones will debut second after Marvel’s Daredevil premieres next summer, followed by Iron Fist and then finally Luke Cage before The Defenders miniseries.