An adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ comic book series Alias is one of several Hell’s Kitchen-based superhero shows coming to Netflix as part of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since there’s already a pretty well-known TV show called Alias, however, Marvel’s show will be called A.K.A. Jessica Jones, named after the private detective and former superhero who serves as the show’s protagonist.
A.K.A Jessica Jones will star Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) in the lead role, with Mike Colter also making his first appearance as Luke Cage before going on to star in his own Netflix series. Other regular cast members include Carrie-Anne Moss as Jessica’ potential ally Harper, Rachael Taylor as Jessica’s best friend Trish Walker, and David Tennant as the villainous Zebediah Kilgrave.
With production already underway Marvel has announced three more cast members for A.K.A Jessica Jones, rounding out the rest of the supporting characters. Here’s a breakdown of who’s joining the show, and who they might be playing.
- Eka Darville (The Originals) plays Malcolm, “a neighbor of Jessica’s whose own journey will intertwine with her quest in a surprising way.” There is a character called Malcolm in the comics, who is a fan of Jessica’s and wants to work for her, though it’s unclear whether that’s who Darville is playing or whether the name is just a coincidence.
- Wil Traval (Once Upon a Time) plays “an NYPD cop who takes ‘protect and serve’ very seriously.” Marvel doesn’t offer a name for this character, but the description fits Detective Paul Hall, a cop in Alias who interrogates Jessica in connection with a murder.
- Erin Moriarty (True Detective) plays Erin, “a young girl who becomes a client of Alias Investigations.” Similarly to Traval, Moriarty could be playing an original character created for the series, or she could be playing the woman who hires Jessica to find her missing sister in the first issue of Alias.
Based on the costume design seen in the trailer for Daredevil, the first Netflix/Marvel team-up, there’s been speculation that the show will be a fairly direct adaptation of Frank Miller’s origin comic book story, “The Man Without Fear”. Which is to say, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg could also be planning the follow the original Alias comic book story in A.K.A Jessica Jones.
However, it’s equally possible (and perhaps more likely) that A.K.A. Jessica Jones will simply take story elements from the comics and mix them in with original ideas to ensure that even fans who have read the source material are kept guessing as the series develops.
A.K.A Jessica Jones will premiere on Netflix later in 2015.