Starting next year, Marvel will be expanding their small-screen universe with four (count 'em!) connected shows: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and of course, Jessica Jones.
In the past weeks, the lead roles have been announced, with Krysten Ritter taking on the superhero/PI Jessica, a role that promises to be a great new project for the Breaking Bad actress. Now, in a new interview with Cosmopolitan's Kate Erbland, she has opened up about the character, the comic books, and working with a female showrunner.
Were you a comic book fan before you got the role of Jessica Jones?
It's so brand new! I wasn't, but I am now reading the Jessica Jones comics and devouring them. And [I'm] hooked. I don't think I've been so hooked on something since Serial. So now I feel that way about the Jessica Jones series. I can't wait. I mean, as soon as we're done today, that's what I am going to be doing. I'm really excited about Jessica Jones.
In an ideal world, I would love to see all comic book casting involve actors who are already superfans, but if that can't happen, this is the next best thing. It's great to know that when filming starts, Ritter will have a real grounding in the source material and the character. After all, there is little more annoying than watching a favorite superhero portrayed in a way that leaves geeks like us shouting at the TV!
On top of that, I'm always thrilled to see more women become fans of comic books - I hope that even when the show is done, Krysten will continue to delve into the Marvel world and continue to devour the stories!
And you're going to be working with a female showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg.
Fuck yeah. My favorite. 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. Wonderful range of talents, a variety of talents. 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.
It's awesome to see female showrunners working on female-fronted superhero shows, and it's even more amazing to hear Krysten's experiences of being able to work with more and more women in the industry. It may not make a tangible difference to the individual show (as I don't believe that only women should direct female leads and vice versa), but it makes a huge difference to the industry, and that's worth celebrating.
While I was somewhat on the fence about this casting when I first heard, hearing Ritter speak about the role gets me more and more excited to see how she will make Jessica Jones her own.
How do you feel about the casting and the new show? Comment below and let me know!
Do you think Krysten Ritter will make a good Jessica Jones?