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Since casting Krysten Ritter to play the titular character in the upcoming series back in December, Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones has been on a bit of a casting rampage. Today we've learned that the new Netflix show has added yet another big name to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Carrie Anne Moss has officially signed on for a part.
This official news comes to us directly from Marvel - though details about the character that Moss will be playing are a bit slim at the moment. But while the announcement doesn't even give us a name, it at the very least it seems that she will be playing for the good guys. In the show the Matrix star will be a "a no-nonsense woman who could prove a powerful ally to Jessica...if Jessica doesn’t completely alienate her first."
Based on the Alias series from Marvel Comics, A.K.A. Jessica Jones begins as the titular character is forced to retire from her short-lived life as a superhero in New York City following a tragic event. While trying to put the pieces of her life back together, she decides that she can still find a way to help people by working as a private detective who gets involved with all kinds of individuals with powerful gifts. Carrie Anne Moss will be starring in the show alongside a number of other talented actors, including Mike Colter (Luke Cage), David Tennant (Dr. Zebediah Killgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man), and Rachel Taylor (Patricia "Trish" Walker). And while we know next to nothing about her character, she is set to play an essential role in the story, with Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb saying in a statement,
"Carrie-Anne has proven her ability to play complex characters with deep and layered inner lives. Her interaction with Jessica Jones will be one of the many highlights of the series."
As noted earlier, this will hardly be the first time that Carrie Anne Moss has taken on large-scale genre work, as she famously starred as the ass-kicking Trinity in the Wachowski's Matrix trilogy. She has continued doing film work, most recently starring in Paul W.S. Anderson's period action film Pompeii and Charles Biname's indie drama Elephant Song, but she has also been doing a good deal of television work as of late. In the last few years she has had recurring roles on shows like Vegas and Crossing Lines, and obviously A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be adding to that portion of her resume.
Filming for the new Marvel series - which has Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter serving as showrunner - is starting up in the next few months, and while no official release date has been announced, it's expected that the 13-episode first season will be dropping on Netflix in the second half of the year. Stay tuned for more A.K.A. Jessica Jones details!