Janet McTeer Cast as Production Finally Begins on ‘Jessica Jones’ Season Two
As Marvel and Netflix have confirmed that, after a long wait, Marvel’s Jessica Jones season two is finally in production, it has also been confirmed that Janet McTeer (The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Tumbleweeds, Battle Creek) has been cast for the show.
Oscar-nominee Janet McTeer’s role is currently undisclosed, however it is revealed she will have an enormous impact on Jessica Jones’s life. Marvel’s Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb, says:
“We are so fortunate to have an actress of Janet’s talent and stature join what is already an incredible cast. Our second season of ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ aims to capture what audiences loved about our first, and Janet will be key to achieving that goal.”
Marvel and Netflix confirmed there would be a second season of Jessica Jones last year, however they never confirmed a release date. Now, with The Defenders wrapped up and due to screen on Netflix this summer, attention can be turned back to Krysten Ritter’s (Gravity, Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23) super-strengthed Private Investigator.
Details are still scarce, but what we do know is that every episode will be directed by women directors, echoing showrunner Melissa Rosenberg’s speech about increasing representation behind the camera at the Transforming Hollywood Symposum on diversity.
In 2016, only 7% of the top 250 films were directed by women, and the same study found that 35% of films employed no women in key roles behind the camera; this includes writer, producer, executive producer, editor or cinematographer.
Although no names have been released yet, with production underway audiences should know who these directors are shortly – hopefully the line up will represent other forms of diversity other than just gender.
The critical response to the first season of Jessica Jones was largely positive, with Rotten Tomatoes reporting a 93% approval rating and giving a critical consensus that reads: “Jessica Jones builds a multifaceted drama around its engaging antihero, delivering what might be Marvel’s strongest TV franchise to date.”
What made Jessica such a compelling character, and her show so fascinating to watch, were the multi-facted issues she was dealing with; sexual assault, abuse, PTSD and alcoholism are all up there, and they are played out as part of her character, brutally honest and prevalent whilst she goes up against the threat in her city.
Melissa Rosenberg has confirmed these issues will still be present in the shows second season, as she stated in an interview with Esquire.
“I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character. With Dexter, the moment he felt guilt or accepted that he was ‘bad,’ the show’s over. He’s no longer a sociopath. The equivalent for us would be if Jessica somehow recovered from the damage that had been done to her. People don’t just heal, you don’t go through that just to say, ‘Oh, he got arrested, he’s in jail, I’m OK now.’…That trauma is a huge part of who she is now.”
Rosenberg expanded on this in an interview with Deadline:
“She’s still going to be Jessica Jones — that is not going to change. She will continue to drink and make mistakes, and accidentally drop people onto train tracks, but something has changed for her by the end of this season, and I’d just love to explore that in the second season.”
From the small snippets of information that have been released so far, it looks like Jessica Jones second season will still contain the multi-faceted characters and plot development that made the first season so successful. As for the villain?
It will be difficult to top the emotional and truly chilling portrayal of Kilgrave, a.k.a. The Purple Man by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Broadchurch). Rosenberg truly thinks so herself, saying in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “No one is ever going to beat David Tennant as Kilgrave, so you don’t do that. The biggest mistake would be to try to repeat that. You just go, “OK, we’re not doing that, so we have this open to us.” It doesn’t give us much of a clue as to who the antagonists are, though perhaps it will be fallout from the events of The Defenders that catch up to Jessica.
Jessica Jones will be returning to Netflix in 2018.