Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news and once again it is Marvel-related. So with Daredevil well in the works now, it seems like Marvel Studios are finally moving ahead with the next set of Netflix characters with actors and actresses potentially up for the roles of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. The following information comes from superherohype:
Deadline brings word this afternooon that Marvel has begun testing actresses for the lead role in their Netflix series “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” and among those names are Krysten Ritter (“Breaking Bad”), Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective”), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and Jessica De Gouw (“Arrow”).
The outlet also reports that two names have emerged as the front runners for the Luke Cage role: Lance Gross (“Crisis”) and Halo: Nightfall‘s Mike Colter. Cage will reportedly appear in seven of the 13 episodes in the “Jessica Jones” series before going on to appear in his own 13-episode series.
“Dexter” and Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg is set to executive produce the “Jessica Jones” series, which focuses on retired superhero Jessica Jones hanging up her tights and opening her own detective agency. Rosenberg is no stranger to female superhero shows either, having worked on the short-lived “Birds of Prey” series on The WB.
“Jessica Jones” is the second of five Netflix shows Marvel will roll out starting next year with “Marvel’s Daredevil.” Following the two will be both “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist,” with all four leading into a “Defenders” mini-series.
UPDATE:Deadline has learned that Marin Ireland (“The Divide”) and Cleo Anthony (“Transparent”) are also up for the roles of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, respectively.
So what do I think of these choices? Very interesting. I’m not fully familar with all of these people and their work but I am curious about the what each other could potentially bring to the table.
Jessica Jones Potential Actresses
So let’s start with the actresses up for Jessica Jones. Krysten Ritter is someone I liked in Breaking Bad, however I haven’t seen any of her other work to be able to judge whether she would be a good fit for the character. Ritter has been in a good few films and TV shows so I guess she most be good for her to be considered for the role. As for Alexandra Daddario, she’s a lady I’ve heard much about but have never seen her in anything, besides a small role in The Squid and the Whale (but I barely remember that film). She’s apparently worth watching in True Detective but until I see more from her, I can’t pass judgement. Teresa Palmer was good in Warm Bodies) she’s been in a good few films, whether she would be a good fit for this character remains to be seen. Jessica De Gouw, yes. I loved this woman in Arrow, she was both gorgeous and deadly as Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress and definitely had the acting chops to back up the action side of things. And finally there’s Marin Ireland, who was in Side Effects, but I don’t recall her in that film and the rest of her filmography is completely alien to me, however the amount of awards and experience she’s had in film, TV and theatre is pretty impressive.
Luke Cage Potential Actors
And then there’s the actors who don’t have a filmography nearly as impressive as the women. Firstly there’s Lance Gross who’s just been in Tyler Perry films, that just doesn’t bode well for me at all. Mike Colter is a little better with a more expansive filmography in film and TV, but nothing that’s really too notable for me besides his appearance in Men in Black 3 which I recalled from 2012. And finally there’s Cleo Anthony, this man has been in a few big things here and there but nothing too notable.
In the end these are some interesting choices. If I had to pick out of the actresses then I would pick either De Gouw because of her work in Arrow or Palmer because she’s pretty or possibly Ireland because of her wide experience. As for the men I would go with Mike Colter, he seems like he has the most acting experience, simple as.
So what do you think of these choices? Are they up your ally or do you think that they’re miscast? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below.