Krysten Ritter To Play Marvel’s Badass Jessica Jones In New Series


Mid-way through 2014, the cinematic world and comic book fans were up in arms when Marvel Studios president brushed off the fact that the studio hasn’t yet released a female superhero-led movie with some vagaries about timing etc. Then Sony Studios decided to one-up them and they announced a few female superhero movies in their new line up over the next few years.

More recently, DC Entertainment announced that they will be releasing a new Wonder Woman film in 2017, and lo and behold, it will be directed AND developed by a woman – Michelle McLaren who is familiar with badassery on screen, having directed episodes of ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and many more.

Speaking of Breaking Bad, remember the junkie girlfriend of Jessie Pinkman who died from an overdose? Well actress Krysten Ritter is the latest name in a string of good news from the comic book world to play a female superhero. She will play Marvel’s Jessica Jones in a new series developed exclusively for Netflix airing in 2015.

Turns out all that complaining about Marvel was a little preemptive, as it seems the right moves are being made, albeit it very slowly. The ‘Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23’ star told Cosmo magazine she has become hooked on the Jessica Jones comic books and cannot wait to play her.

The other cool thing about this new series is that the showrunner is also a female: Melissa Rosenberg (who wrote for the first four seasons of Dexter, before adapting the Twilight books for those blockbuster films).

Krysten expressed how important it is to her and to audiences that more women are represented both in front of and behind the camera.

“It’s crazy, because I remember, like, six years ago, I was like, ‘I just want to work with female directors and female showrunners; there’s none.’ And I feel like, since then, I’ve exclusively worked with women, which I love. I worked with Amy Heckerling, Kat [Coiro], Jessica Goldberg, Leslye Headland, Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of Don’t Trust the B–, who is my idol and bar for anything funny. And now Melissa! It’s a dream come true,” she said.

“I’m a big champion for female directors and female showrunners, just fucking rad, strong women. I’m happy to be in company with them, I’m happy to be in the trenches with them.”

For those unfamiliar with who Jessica Jones is and where she fits in the Marvel universe, check out her background here.

This news is sure to please fellow actress Jessica Chastain who said in a recent interview how she wants to see more female superheroes on screen.

Here’s to more badass female superheroes being played by badass women, being directed and produced by badass women in the hope that the gender barriers in Hollywood will continue to be eroded one bit of casting news at a time.



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