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Casting Marvel and ABC's 'AKA Jessica Jones'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 31st 2010 3:00PM
Jessica Jones, AliasTo bring Jessica Jones to life, ABC needs a talented actress who can pull off snarky, yet wounded. What's 'The Good Wife' without Julianna Margulies? Not the same that's for sure. Whoever ABC casts in 'AKA Jessica Jones' must be able to have the same thing said for her.

The Marvel Comics character Jessica Jones used to be called Jewel and Knightress and possesses the abilities of flight, super strength and physical resistance. The TV version of the character has been described by Variety as "deeply flawed with a biting sense of humor."

Melissa Rosenberg of 'Dexter' and 'Twilight' fame is writing the series that follows Jessica Jones, a former superhero who retires after suffering post-traumatic disorder. She decides to open up a private detective agency and helps superheroes.

Brian Michael Bendis created the character in the series 'Alias,' under Marvel's MAX line. He'll act as a consultant on the series, so hopefully comic fans will get a taste of screwed up Jessica Jones they came to love.

So, settle into your casting chair and let's help Marvel and ABC get started!

Amy AckerAmy Acker
One of our top choices for the role, Acker has been playing flawed in almost all of her work with Joss Whedon. Just think: She was able to pull off Fred and the transition to Illyria and she made a potential one-note character, Whiskey, into one of the most compelling on 'Dollhouse.' She's got the looks, and coming from the Whedonverse we know she can handle a snarky sense of humor.

Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku
You can't ignore Dushku when fantasy casting a TV series about a kick-butt leading woman. Like Acker, she's from the Whedonverse so she's got flawed down. She's proven time and again that she can pull off the action and that sarcastic sense of humor.

Kristen BellKristen Bell
OK, she has the wrong hair color, but nothing a little dye can't fix. We'd welcome Bell back to TV with arms outstretched. She's no stranger to being adored by the geeky masses, sarcastic one-liners and detective work. Should could propell the role to new heights.

Adrianne PalickiAdrianne Palicki
The 'Friday Night Lights' star needs a new vehicle (RIP 'Lone Star'). She'd bring the best of Tyra Collette to Jessica Jones. The role could be a great starring vehicle to make Palicki more of a household name.

Jennifer CarpenterJennifer Carpenter
The 'Dexter' star has an in with the writer and could handle the gritty well. She's been doing detective work for five seasons now and knows a thing or too about playing a flawed character (remember the aftermath of the Ice Truck Killer romance, Lundy, etc.).

Laurie HoldenLaurie Holden
First of all: She shouldn't (and as for as we know isn't) leave 'The Walking Dead' because Andrea has great potential to be all sorts of amazing. However, if she was going to leave 'The Walking Dead,' she should head right to 'AKA Jessica Jones.' Holden was great at playing vulnerable, determined and is not afraid to get messy.

Evangeline Lilly
We all know how much ABC loves keeping its stars around, 'AKA' would be a good fit for the 'Lost' veteran. Lilly played all kinds of damaged woman as Kate, but she also knew how to lighten and tough it up when needed. The only question is whether fans would be able to separate the new role from the iconic 'Lost' one.

Tell us: Who would you cast as Jessica Jones?

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I'm down with Charisma Carpenter, or Kristen Bell.
I'm also curious, Luke Cage factored hevily into the series...
Morris Chestnut is'nt working......I think ABC, may want to keep him on television

April 30 2011 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Charisma Carpenter certainly can do sarcastic and fight. She would be great, she can also do flawed and biting sense of humor.

January 07 2011 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yashoda Sampath

I vote for Jennifer Carpenter or Charisma Carpenter, lol. CARPENTERS FOR THE WIN!

January 03 2011 at 1:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd like to see Amy Acker over any of the others listed here personally

January 01 2011 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"deeply flawed with a biting sense of humor."

Um . . . Lizzy Caplan anyone?

January 01 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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January 01 2011 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

monica raymund

January 01 2011 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd watch paint dry if Kristen Bell had anything to do with it.

December 31 2010 at 8:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My top three:

1. Amy Acker
2. Tricia Helfer
3. Evangeline Lilly

December 31 2010 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon Carpenter

I really think Amy Acker would be awesome as Jessica Jones. This show could really be great as a companion piece to Castle on ABC. It would fit in perfectly.

December 31 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually think that this would be a good fit for Eliza. The problem with Dollhouse was that it was intended as a showcase, demonstrating the range of the lead actress. Eliza, frankly, doesn't have range. What she does have is the flawed, sarcastic, street-savvy bad girl character. That's it, that's the extent of her acting ability. However, that seems to be exactly what is called for here.

December 31 2010 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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That is exactly why she would be horrible for this role. If the TV Jessica is going to be anything like the comics Jessica, the wise cracking and toughness need to be rooted in a certain vulnerability. There is significant nuance to the comic character, and Dushku is not known for nuance.

The thing about Jessica isn't just that she quit being a super-hero because of PTSD. That was part of it, but an even larger part is that she never felt worthy of being a super-hero. She never felt that she lived up to the standards of a super-hero, so she beat feet when the opportunity presented itself.

Whoever is cast needs to be able to show this without having Jessica actually tell anyone this deep secret. I think Amy Acker definitely has the chops for it.

December 31 2010 at 6:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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