It been over a year since Marvel released an article stating that Disney and Netflix are joining forces to stream at least four original series based on Marvel characters. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage are officially on the table but news for the upcoming shows has been scarce. Comic book fans and Netflix couch potatoes have waited in anticipation for some updates since the announcement, and finally something tangible has come along to keep the masses at bay.
Former model and “the B—- in Apartment 23” actress Krysten Ritter has officially been cast as Jessica Jones on Marvel‘s Series. She outgunned Teresa Palmer for the title role, and will have a shot at being the solo star of a series for the first time in her acting career. The 13-episode drama is spearheaded by Melissa Rosenberg, with an expected release date unofficially set for late next year 2015.
For those of you not in the know, here is a good description for Jessica Jones courtesy of Marvel:
“Midtown High student, Jessica Campbell, was present when Peter Parker was bitten by the irradiated spider that gave him his powers. She had a crush on him, and had just plucked up the courage to speak to him, when he was distracted by the bite. She also had a celebrity crush on teen heart-throb Johnny Storm. Soon thereafter, Jessica was riding in a car with her family when they collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed, and after spending several months in a coma, she awoke, stirred by the first coming of Galactus outside her hospital room. She was placed in an orphanage and adopted by the Jones family.
Jessica later discovered that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight (which she never fully mastered during her superhero career). The Joneses re-enrolled Jessica at Midtown High, where she was ostracized by her classmates, especially Flash Thompson. Peter Parker (who had since become Spider-Man) sensed in Jessica a kindred spirit — someone who had also lost family due to a tragic circumstance. Jessica mistook his kind attention and lashed out at him, believing he was merely pitying her. She later witnessed a fight between Spider-Man and the villain Sandman in her own class. This inspired her, in a way she cannot put into words, to use her abilities in a positive light”
Here is the official press release via marvel.com