Krysten Ritter Will Play Marvel's Superpowered Detective Jessica Jones

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We've been wondering which actress would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the lead in the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Now reports say Veronica Mars, Breaking Bad, and Don't Trust the B— actress Krysten Ritter will be playing the superhero turned private eye.

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While there's no official word from Marvel, Deadline is reporting that Ritter has landed the role of Jessica Jones, the former superhero suffering from PTSD who decides to open up a detective agency. It's interesting to see that they've chosen someone with such a strong comedy background for a rather emotionally intense role, though I imagine we'll see a more Breaking Bad-style Ritter rather than something akin to her sitcom character.

Deadline also claims that Ritter was cast after doing a chemistry reading with Mike Colter, the actor who may be playing Luke Cage. Hopefully, she'll be able to do Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Baydos' Alias comics justice.

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Krysten Ritter Nabs Lead In Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' [Deadline]

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"It's interesting to see that they've chosen someone with such a strong comedy background for a rather emotionally intense role"

I'm not.

I was reminded by a lot of the references that came out after Robin Williams's death that almost all of his best-loved performances were in dramatic material.

Also, one of the coolest people of the 2oth century, Cary Grant, proved his mastery of comic timing before he moved on to more dramatic roles...

A lot of people, too, in the acting profession will tell you that comedy is harder than dramatic acting...and I read plenty of lamentations that "Best Actor/Actress" nominations and awards tend to go to dramatic performances, overlooking Comedy movies almost entirely.

Think about it: if you fail at a dramatic moment, it still conveys the narrative, if not the full emotion or depth of the scene. If you fail at a comedy moment, well, as the comics say, "you died."