Such is the blistering pace of Marvel’s creative output that just as one project begins to wind down (see: The Defenders), another prepares to step in front of the cameras.
We are, of course, referring to Jessica Jones, the Krysten Ritter-led solo series that’s currently gearing up for its sophomore season. Details are scarce regarding the show’s return, but Entertainment Weekly brings word of the first major casting addition: Janet McTeer. The two-time Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner has signed on to play an “undisclosed character” opposite Ritter, one who will purportedly have “an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.” Cue the speculation.
Melissa Rosenberg, who returns at the helm for Jessica Jones season 2, welcomed the addition of McTeer with open arms, stating: “We couldn’t possibly be more excited to work with Ms. McTeer for our second season. Her gravitas and authenticity are the perfect ingredients for all we’re trying to create this year. She disappears into roles, gives her characters extraordinary dimension and depth. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to collaborate with her.”
Beyond that, details remain few and far between. Online reports have stipulated that Janet McTeer’s character will hail from The Pulse, Brian Michael Bendis’ comic in which Jessica Jones clashes with a reporter from the Daily Bugle. Another potentially throwaway tidbit to emerge from the rumor mill involves Wil Traval, who cropped up in the first season of JJ as Detective Will Simpson. Can fans expect to see the actor reprise his role come 2018? Traval’s Twitter (via ComicBook) reveals that he’s currently in New York City, but is it merely a coincidence? We’ll leave that one to you.
— Wil Traval (@WilTraval) April 4, 2017
Jessica Jones season 2 is expected to begin filming imminently in New York City. The Big Apple is also playing host to Marvel’s Punisher spinoff, which will see the return of Jon Bernthal’s formidable Frank Castle.