Krysten Ritter Cast as ‘Jessica Jones’ in Netflix Original Series from Disney’s Marvel

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Krysten Ritter will portray comicbook superheroine “Jessica Jones” in the forthcoming Netflix original series produced with Disney’s Marvel StudiosVariety has confirmed.

Marvel Studios declined to comment. Netflix reps did not respond to requests for comment. News was first reported by Deadline.com.

[UPDATE: Dec. 5, 1 p.m. PT: Marvel and Netflix confirmed Ritter’s casting in “Jessica Jones.” “Krysten brings both the hard edge and the vulnerability the role demands,” said executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We can’t wait for fans to see her in action, coming to Netflix in 2015.” Added Jeph Loeb, executive producer and Marvel’s head of television: “Krysten Ritter has the type of range, spanning the comic to the tragic, that makes for the stuff of the best Marvel heroes.”]

Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

Ritter starred in ABC’s comedy “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” which the Alphabet net canceled in 2013 after the show’s second season. She played Jesse Pinkman’s ill-fated girlfriend, Jane, in the second season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” and also guested on NBC thriller “The Blacklist.” She’s repped by WME.

Ritter will co-star in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” a biopic about the painter Margaret Keane (played by Amy Adams) slated to premiere Dec. 25. Christoph Waltz and Jason Schwartzman also star.

In the Marvel universe, Jessica Jones is a former superhero who has become a private investigator, with powers enabled by her exposure to radioactivity. The character first appeared in 2001 Marvel comics series “Alias,” penned by “The Avengers” scribe Brian Michael Bendis and inked by artist Michael Gaydos.

The Walt Disney Co. expects to spend $200 million over three years filming four series for Netflix based on Marvel’s street-hero characters from comicbook franchises “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage.”

Netflix’s “Daredevil” stars British thesp Charlie Cox (“Theory of Everything”) in the title role; cast also includes Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Each of the Marvel series for Netflix will comprise 13 hour-long episodes. “Jessica Jones” is led by writer and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg (the “Twilight” films, Showtime’s “Dexter”).

 

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