‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’: Marvel casts Rachael Taylor in Netflix series

Jan. 29, 2015 | 1:45 p.m.
Rachael Taylor, right, has been cast in Marvel's "A.K.A. Jessica Jones." She will play "Trish" Walker in the series; in the comics, the character became a superhero known as Hellcat, left. (Marvel Comics / Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Rachael Taylor, right, has been cast as Trish Walker in Marvel’s “A.K.A. Jessica Jones.” In comics history, the character became a superhero known as Hellcat, pictured left. (Marvel Comics / Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is adding another actor to its growing ensemble.

Actress Rachael Taylor (“Grey’s Anatomy”) will play Patricia “Trish” Walker, a close friend and ally to the title character of Marvel’s upcoming 13-episode series for Netflix, which is slated to premiere later this year.

A syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star, Walker first appeared in comics (where she’s called Patsy, not Trish) in 1944; she went on to receive her own heroic identity, Hellcat, 32 years later.

“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said executive producer and show runner Melissa Rosenberg in a statement.

Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which will star Krysten Ritter as Jones. After a short-lived run as a superhero, Jones sets up shop as a private investigator in New York, but things become complicated with the re-emergence of a figure from her past, the mysterious Kilgrave, who will be played by Scottish actor David Tennant.

Tennant, who recently appeared on American screens in the mystery series “Gracepoint,” is best known for his turn as the time-traveling protagonist in “Doctor Who.” His five-year tenure as the 10th incarnation of the Time Lord revitalized TV’s longest-running sci-fi series and paved the way for its popularity this side of the pond.

Ritter appeared in AMC’s acclaimed drama “Breaking Bad” and in the comedy “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23,” among other projects, and she can be seen on the big screen in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes,” about the lives of Margaret and Walter Keane. Actor Mike Colter will star as her love interest and fellow superhero Luke Cage.

In addition to starring in Microsoft’s original series “Halo: Nightfall,” Colter’s credits include turns on such television series as “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”

“A.K.A. Jessica Jones” is the second of four planned Marvel series Netflix has signed on for, culminating in a “Defenders” miniseries; Luke Cage is also set to headline his own show.

“Daredevil,” starring Charlie Cox, is set to arrive from Marvel on Netflix in April.

— Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark | @LATHeroComplex

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