A few weeks ago, we started hearing whispers of a short list for the title role in Jessica Jones, the second Marvel Netflix series that will follow next year's Daredevil. The list included Percy Jackson star Alexandra Daddario, Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer, Dracula star Jessica De Guow, Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter and, later, The Divide star Marin Ireland. Now it seems the choice has been made, and Marvel did, indeed, go with an actress from that short list.
According to Deadline, though Marvel hasn't confirmed it yet, Ritter will be our Jessica Jones, edging out Palmer for the role after both of them did "chemistry reads" with The Following star Mike Colter, who looks to be Marvel's choice for Jones' love interest and future star of his own Netflix series, Luke Cage.
Ritter's perhaps best known for her comedy work, including Don't Trust the B--- and supporting roles in films like 27 Dresses, Confessions of a Shopaholic and She's Out of My League, but she's proven her drama chops, too. Her work on the AMC drama Breaking Bad was very memorable, and later this month she'll appear in Tim Burton's Margaret Keane biopic Big Eyes alongside Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Like Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, she's got proven comedic talent and an ability to dig into more serious material, so she should fit right in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe aesthetic.
Jessica Jones, headed by Dexter and Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg, will hit Netflix sometime after Daredevil premieres next spring. What do you think? Is Ritter a good fit?
UPDATE: It's Official! Marvel confirmed Ritter's casting Friday with an announcement on their website.