Krysten Ritter Cast as Marvel’s Superpowered Detective Jessica Jones [UPDATED]

Update: Marvel has officially confirmed Ritter’s casting and the title of the upcoming Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

Let’s fire up the wayback machine to two weeks ago when we learned about the actresses testing for the role of Jessica Jones in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series of the same name.

Four actresses were in the mix for the title role: Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad), Alexandra Daddario (True Detective), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (Arrow).

Um, it appears that Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 alum Ritter has nabbed the lead role in Marvel’s series which is set to air on Netflix after Daredevil, although there’s no word yet from studio.

Sources told Deadline that Ritter got the part after finally beating out Warm Bodies‘ Palmer. The producers were reportedly won over by her chemistry with potential Luke Cage actor Mike Colter.

Following Jessica Jones will be both Luke Cage and Iron Fist, with all four leading into a Defenders mini-series. Marvel could bring these heroes to the big screen as well.

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The 13-episode drama Jessica Jones is being written and produced by Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight) and focuses on retired superhero Jessica Jones hanging up her tights and opening her own detective agency. The series will likely come to Netflix in late 2015.

I like Ritter, she can nail both drama and comedy in a way that’s perfect for a Marvel lead character. She does seem a little to goofy for this, but we live in a world where Jared Leto is The Joker for God’s sake.

A.K.A. Jessica Jones

Update: Marvel and Netflix confirmed Ritter’s casting, but not Colter’s yet. Here’s the official press release:

Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Krysten Ritter will star in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following “Marvel’s Daredevil.”

Ritter will play Jessica Jones, first introduced in writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos’ classic ALIAS comic series. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

“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.”

Best known for her roles in “Breaking Bad,” “Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” and “Veronica Mars,” she will next star alongside Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, and Jason Schwartzman in Director Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” this Holiday season.

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

For more information on “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.

Source: Marvel.com