‘Jessica Jones’ Casts Oscar-Nominated Janet McTeer for Key Character
It's been almost a year and a half since the highly rated Marvel show Jessica Jones (starring Krysten Ritter) first dropped on Netflix, and we've been waiting for word on season two for quite some time now. While we'd prefer that season two arrives sooner rather than later, Marvel's still in its casting stages, bringing on two-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer.
McTeer is best known for her Oscar-nominated performances in Tumbleweeds and Albert Nobbs. Her credits also include last year's Me Before You, The White Queen, and Damages. She'll be joining the Jessica Jones cast of Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Eka Darville. She's signed on to play an undisclosed role, but her character will have a profound impact on Jessica's life. We have no idea whether her "impact" will be positive or negative, but the show is in need of a new villain post-Kilgrave, and things don't usually turn out positively for Jessica.
Marvel's Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb, is thrilled about the casting and said as much in a press release, and refers to McTeer as the key to giving the audience what they loved about this first season.
While we still don't know a huge amount about the show's second season, this news follows the buzz surrounding the announcement that every single one of season two's directors will be women. A pretty neat decision, being that only 17% of all TV show episodes have women in the director's chair.
Jessica Jones centers on an unflinching superhero turned private detective who solves cases in New York City. Although in theory Jessica has the capacity to save the world, she is more focused on paying rent and ignoring the instinct to snap at neighbors, passersby, pretty much anyone, really. In the first season, she worked to bring down the mind-controlling psychopath Kilgrave (David Tennant) with the help of her best friend Trish Walker, and love interest Luke Cage.
The second season of Jessica Jones is due out sometime in 2018, but you can catch her in The Defenders later this year.