“Doctor Who” star David Tennant will play a villain in Marvel’s upcoming Netflix show “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” a 13-episode series set to premiere later this year.
The Scottish actor has been cast as Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from the heroine’s past whose reappearance shakes her world, Marvel announced Monday.
Tennant, who has 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.
“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said writer-producer Melissa Rosenberg in a post on Marvel’s blog. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”
Rosenberg (“Dexter,” “Twilight”) will oversee the series, which is said to focus on Jones as she works as a private investigator in New York following a short-lived run as a superhero.
Tennant will be starring opposite Krysten Ritter, who will play the title role based on the comics character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos. Actor Mike Colter will star as her love interest and fellow superhero Luke Cage.
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.
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.
— Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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