When last we heard casting news concerning Marvel’s upcoming follow-up to Daredevil on Netflix, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, we had learned that the series had casted Mike Colter in the fan favorite role of Luke Cage (who will get his own Netflix series at a later date).
Now, with production rumored for a February start date (under the watch of Dexter alum Melissa Rosenberg as show-runner), David Tennant has now been confirmed to join the show's cast - with Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23) leading the way as the eponymous superhero-turned private investigator.
The former Doctor Who star will assume the role of the series’ main villain, Zebediah Kilgrave (a.k.a. Purple Man), though the number of episodes the character will appear in the show’s debut season remains unknown at this time. Marvel Television executive Jeph Loeb has released an official statement about the casting:
Anyone familiar with David’s work knows he brings an incredible level of dedication to any role he inhabits, a level we knew we would need from the man playing Kilgrave. While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.
Considering its February start, it would make sense to expect A.K.A. Jessica Jones to debut on the SVOD service at some point before the end of the year – probably around October/November to line-up with a potential third season of Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.
Should the plan for Marvel’s Netflix slate be to launch two series a year (thus putting Luke Cage and Iron Fist in 2016), it would be reasonable to assume The Defenders will launch in 2017, just in time for the series to line-up with the MCU’s sequence of events before everything gets blown to hell in Avengers: Infinity War - Part I in 2018. Of course, after all that comes to a close, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to expect a fresh batch of new seasons for each of the respective shows on the service.
Considering how well Doctor Who performs for Netflix, the network is no doubt pleased that a popular veteran of the series will be part of Jessica Jones too. Tennant’s going to draw in a lot of people, including those who might not have watched a Marvel series on day 1 - and that’s exactly the kind of viewership Netflix needs to remain a force to be reckoned with.
Stay tuned for more news on A.K.A. Jessica Jones as it develops.