With Netflix‘s first Marvel Studios series, Daredevil, chugging along like a well-oiled machine in principal photography, it’s interesting to note that we’ve heard rather little about the other three series in development. Along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, Jessica Jones is being developed as a series by Twilight screenwriter (she wrote for Dexter too! Don’t hold it against her) Melissa Rosenberg. It seems that Jessica Jones will be next series to go before the cameras, and according to one source, the casting contest as to who will play the superhero-turned-private eye is down to one of four actresses. So who are these fantastic four actresses who are rumored to be the contenders to play Jessica? Let’s take a look, and proctor the possibilities of their casting.
Pros: She’s got serious comedy chops with parts in several TV comedies, including her starring role in Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23. But before you hold that against her, keep in the mind that newly minted action hero from Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Pratt, also came from a predominately comedic background. She also has a past with detective series as she played Gia Goodman, the daughter of the shady Mayor of Neptune in the second season of Veronica Mars. And in case you think she’s too puff to play hard and cynical like Jessica Jones, she recently toyed with her dark side as one of the expert criminals on The Blacklist.
Cons: She’s been in a lot of comedies, and usually as the bitchy best friend to the hot girl with a heart of gold (see: Confessions of a Shopaholic and She’s Out of My League). While I appreciate that actors don’t want to be typecast, and what happens in the audition room may play counter to our expectations, of all the actresses named by Deadline, I think Ritter is the fourth out of four in terms of chances to play Jones.
Pros: She’s had extensive genre experience, whether it’s playing the final girl in Texas Chainsaw 3-D, or as the skilled young demigod warrior Annabeth in the Percy Jackson movies. So you know she can hold up the physical end of things. Also, if Marvel follows through making Jessica Jones an edgier look inside the world it’s created, then Daddario has some experience with that as well having appeared in True Detective, where she showed how far she was filling to go for the part. You know the scene I mean, don’t pretend that you don’t!
Cons: While there’s something ethereal about Daddario (must be the eyes), there’s a question mark as to whether or not she can play hard-boiled well enough to fill Jessica’s shoes. Again, that may be a question solved through auditions, and it’s hard to deny that there’s something about Daddario. With her presence, background, and just-on-the-cusp-of-a-breakout career, she might be the most likely candidate to lead the show.
Pros: Like Daddario, the Australian actress has been circling around a big break for a while, including several different roles in genre properties; she was the human Juliet to a zombie Romeo in Warm Bodies, she was an alien with powers in I Am Number Four and the would-be girlfriend of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. She’s done an American accent often enough that it shouldn’t be an obstacle to talk like Jessica Jones, and like most of the other contenders, Palmer’s proved that she can handle the physicality needed for the show.
Cons: She faces many of the same cons as Daddario, but Palmer’s been a little more pegged as the romantic interest than the Percy Jackson actress. No one likes to be typecast of course, and no one likes to think there shot at the next level of Hollywood fame has come and gone, but Palmer seems more like the next big thing that never became big, and Marvel may be more prone to look at who’s coming up versus who’s going down.
Jessica De Gouw
Pros: Background as a superhero! De Gouw played the recurring part of The Huntress on Arrow, who was driven to a life of vendetta seeking when her fiance was slain by mob boss father. We know that De Gouw can handle herself in a costume, and we also know that she can handle herself in a corset, playing love interest Mina Murray on NBC’s cancelled Dracula adaptation. Of all the ladies on this list, De Gouw has probably done the most intensive pre-casting training for the part of Jessica Jones.
Cons: Maybe too much training? De Gouw immediately set a tone as one of the first, major DC Comics characters to appear on Arrow, and considering how intensely Marvel and DC guard their camps, would either studio want to seriously fish in the other’s talent pool? While its doubtful that Huntress could be made a permanent part of Arrow as reprisal, it might be a bit weird for fanboys and girls to see Green Arrow’s crossbow-bearing ex-GF switch worlds to play Jessica Jones.
What are your thoughts, Bastards? Who do you want to see as Jessica Jones? Sound off below.