Marvel has announced a new addition to the cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones, and she's a real hellcat.
Former Grey's Anatomy star Rachael Taylor has been cast as Patricia "Trish" Walker in the upcoming Netflix series, pegged to launch in late 2015. Marvel's description of the Walker character for A.K.A. Jessica Jones doesn't mention her comics roots as the superheroine Hellcat, and instead describes Walker as a syndicated talk show host who goes by the celebrity name of "Patsy" Walker.
“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer/showrunner. “Rachael is all that and more!”
Best known for television roles such as the aforementioned Grey's Anatomy, Taylor has had several movie roles including parts in the original live-action Transformers as well as a co-starring role in the 2004 movie adaptation of Marvel Comics' Man-Thing.
“Rachael's ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements of our series will provide a perfect emotional anchor for Jessica Jones,” added Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanizing take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.”
Taylor is the fourth person cast for A.K.A. Jessica Jones, following up from the recent casting of David Tennant as Kilgrave, Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Krysten Ritter as the titular star.
Although not a household name like some of Marvel's other heroes, the Walker character predates many of them with a debut back in 1944's Miss America Magazine #2. Originally created for Marvel's line of romance comics, Walker was inducted into the superhero genre in 1976, reintroduced as Hellcat in Avengers. She's starred and co-starred in numerous series since then, including a stint on the current She-Hulk series as a superhero/private detective.