Marvel’s Daredevil TV series, the first in a planned quintet of comics-based shows coming to Netflix, has now wrapped production and is set to premiere in April – which means that A.K.A. Jessica Jones is next on the production line, with Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) set to play the title role.
A.K.A Jessica Jones‘ supporting cast is coming together nicely, with David Tennant playing mind-controlling villain Zebediah Killgrave (A.K.A. The Purple Man), Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker (A.K.A. Hellcat) and Mike Colter making his first appearance as Luke Cage (A.K.A. Power Man). Aliases are kind of a thing in the Marvel universe.
It’s now looking ever more likely that A.K.A. Jessica Jones will arrive on Netflix before the end of 2015, as TheWrap reports that another key cast member has been added. Carrie-Anne Moss, best known for playing Trinity in The Matrix films and more recently starred in disaster movie Pompeii, has signed on to play a character called Harper.
This appears to be an original character created for the series, with Harper described as a “no-nonsense” woman in a position of authority, “who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica — if the titular character doesn’t completely alienate her first.”
Jessica Jones (at the time of the series) lives as a former superhero who takes up a new career as a private eye, specializing in cases involving people who, like her, have extraordinary abilities. Harper’s description as a person in a position of authority is vague, but it could mean she has ties to S.H.I.E.L.D., therefore possessing insider knowledge of abnormal goings-on. Obviously the implications of a S.H.I.E.L.D. connection could vary greatly depending on when in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline A.K.A. Jessica Jones takes place.
Another possibility is that Harper’s position of power is more locally based, either in New York City’s government or in its police force. The latter would make sense, since it’s difficult to be a private detective without having at least a few friends in the police force. Marvel has previously confirmed that S.H.I.E.L.D. will play some role in all of the Netflix TV series, but differentiate themselves from the films by exploring ‘gritty crime stories’ as opposed to superpowered villains. That means government officials and street-level police could both be major factors on Jessica Jones’ profession.
Ideally we’ll hear more concrete details about A.K.A. Jessica Jones‘ production schedule soon, but this recent flurry of casting news is definitely promising.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones will (hopefully) be released on Netflix later in 2015.