Is it alright to say, based on the cast alone, that I’m looking forward to seeing AKA: Jessica Jones more than the forthcoming Daredevil? The Man Without Fear is set to make his bow on April 10, the first of five Marvel Studios series to be released on Netflix, but the cast that’s being put together for Jones is already pretty awesome featuring a former Veronica Mars suspect, a short-lived Charlie’s Angel and the Tenth Doctor Who. Now a former freedom fighter from The Matrix is joining the fray, Carrie-Ann Moss, who played Trinity in the sci-fi/action trilogy, has signed up to be a friend, or enemy, or frenemy, to the super-heroine turned detective played by Krysten Ritter.
In a press release sent out by Marvel, the announcement was made that Moss would be joining Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Hellcat), and David Tennant (The Purple Man) in the Netflix series.
“Throughout her career, Carrie-Anne has embodied a wide range of characters in a compelling and relatable way and I have no doubt she will bring that talent to A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” said Melissa Rosenberg, the showrunner and executive producer of the show.
“Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Her interaction with Jessica Jones will be one of the many highlights of the series.”
But highlight how? The press release makes reference to Moss’ unnamed character saying, “Moss plays a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica…if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first.” This is not a new tactic that Marvel has used for casting their Netflix shows. Rosario Dawson was cast in Daredevil in an initially unnamed role now called “Claire Temple,” but many have supposed that Dawson is actually playing Elektra.
You may know Moss best from her tenure in The Matrix, but she has a lengthy and varied career in films like Memento, Chocolat, Fido, and most recently Pompeii. She’s also appeared on such TV series as Chuck and Crossing Lines.
So what mysterious role is Moss playing in Jones? Perhaps Daily Bugle journalist Kat Farrell? A reporter could be a “powerful ally” to Jessica, and likely easy for Jess to “alienate.” Carol Danvers also plays a pretty big role in Jessica Jones’ lore, but with a Captain Marvel film on the books to be released in a couple of years it would seem kind of odd that they’d introduced her as a secondary character on a TV series and with an actress as old as (forgive me because she’s just 47) Moss. However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. introduced the Inhumans last year, so what do I know?
AKA: Jessica Jones begins shooting in a couple of months, and will air on Netflix later this year.