Netflix have today confirmed Australian actress Rachael Taylor will have a starring role in the new Marvel series A.K.A. Jessica Jones, an all-new 13-episode series due to premiere exclusively on Netflix worldwide including Australia later in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."
Taylor will play the role of Patricia “Trish” Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as "Patsy" Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica's career.
Netflix is expected to launch in Australia in late March, with pricing options between $9.99 and $14.99. The company will use a number of exclusive series including the Marvel content to distinguish itself from local SVOD rivals Stan and Presto.
Taylor will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter”).
“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said Rosenberg. “Rachael is all that and more!”
“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,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanising take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.”
The series tells the story of Jessica Jones, whom after a short lived stint as a super hero, has to rebuild her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
The character of Patricia Walker has roots dating back to 1944 with her first appearance in MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE #2, and in the comics Walker donned the super hero identity of Hellcat in 1976.