David Tennant will be joining the cast of Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones on Netflix. Tennant will be playing the character Zebediah Killgrave (better known as “The Purple Man”). You can look that character up if you’re unfamiliar with him and feel like spoiling yourself.
David Tennant is best known for playing… oh hell, who am I kidding? You know who David Tennant is.
We don’t know how many episodes he’ll be in during this first season, but Tennant joins Krysten Ritter (who plays the titular character) and Mike Colter (who is playing Luke Cage… and we forgot to report on his casting because we took the holidays off).
AKA Jessica Jones premieres later this year on Netflix.
Originally, Marvel stated that the Krysten Ritter led Jessica Jones TV series would premiere in 2015, but according to statements made to USA Today and IGN, the series won’t hit streaming until 2016 it seems.
Considering how recently Ritter was cast and that the show hasn’t started production yet, this isn’t really a huge shocker. But I’m still disappointed that we won’t get to see AKA Jessica Jones on our screens in the next twelve months.
On the upside, Daredevil will still be here in April.
If you were wondering when the Netflix Original series (and third TV show to take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) Daredevil will finally be at your sticky internet streaming fingertips, Marvel has now announced the answer is April 10th.
For those of you who forgot it was happening, Charlie Cox will star as Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), the blind lawyer who fights crime in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. The Daredevil series will be the first of several original series on Netflix which will culminate in an eventual Defenders show.
All 13 episodes will be released at once, which is standard practice for Netflix shows, and I’m pretty sure we’ll all be brainspiking the show immediately.
So this week has seen two big pieces of casting news in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First off, as we reported back in October, Benedict Cumberbatch has long been rumored to play Doctor Strange in the forthcoming film. Well, Marvel confirmed yesterday that this is actually happening. To everyone who doubted the rumor and said we were premature in reporting it? Neener, neener, neener.
We’re super mature here at Nerd & Tie.
In completely different Marvel Cinematic Universe news, Deadline is reporting that Krysten Ritter has been cast as Jessica Jones in the upcoming eponymous Netflix series. Marvel hasn’t confirmed this yet, but Ritter was one of five actresses testing for the part.
Ritter is best known for her roles on Don’t Trust the B and Breaking Bad, and has a pretty good range. Is she the conventional choice for superhero casting? No, but neither was Chris Pratt and that worked out well. Frankly, Ritter has phenomenal comedic timing, but has the chops to do serious drama — I don’t know if we could have asked for a better choice.
Via Marvel and Deadline
So we all know by now that Vincent D’Onofrio is playing Kingpin in the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Daredevil. Or, at the very least, if you didn’t know before, you know now. Anywho, Comics Alliance has an interview up with D’Onofrio where he talks about playing a Marvel character:
Yeah. I mean, it’s kinda cool. The thing about Marvel is that they’re not – they’re into real acting. They’re looking for artists that are willing to take chances and are willing to create characters, even if that character has been around for years and years in comic books, they still are depending on us to create something and take it somewhere else.
Robert Downey [Jr.] is the perfect example of that. Who knew that Iron Man was going to be who Robert made him?
Head on over to Comics Alliance to read the rest of the interview.
Via Comics Alliance
While Arrested Development may very well be one of the best shows that most of America ignored, it has done fairly well on streaming services and DVD since its cancellation. Originally, when Netflix produced Season 4, it really seemed like it was likely the last we’d ever get of the show.
Well, we shouldn’t have counted our poorly imitated chickens before they hatched.
In an interview with USA Today, Ted Sarandos (Chief Content Officer for Netflix) said he was fairly confident there would be another season. As show creator Mitch Hurwitz is on board, the main issue is the biggest one the show has always faced in its attempts at revival: the cast’s availability.
Season 4 ended up a little weird (and not quite as good as the previous seasons) because cast availability forced the show to plot an overlapping story that rarely had characters interacting with each other. While it was a heck of a lot better than no Arrested Development, it was pretty noticeable.
But hey, the sooner we can see more of the Bluth family, the better.