David Tennant to Play Villain in Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' for Netflix

Marking the 'Doctor Who' alum's latest stateside role after Fox's 'Gracepoint.'
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David Tennant is heading to the Marvel Universe.

The former Doctor Who has been tapped to co-star in Marvel's Netflix drama series Jessica Jones, Marvel.com announced Monday.

The straight-to-series comic book drama is one of four shows centering on Marvel heroes that Netflix has picked up straight to series. The streaming service has committed to a minimum of four 13-episode series, which will begin rolling out in 2015 with Jessica Jones.

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Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23 alum Krysten Ritter will star as the title character, who after a tragic ending to her short-lived superhero stint, is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York.

Tennant will play the villainous Kilgrave, an enigmatic figure from Jessica's past whose reappearance will send shock waves through the former superhero's world.

Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series.

In the Marvel Comics universe, Kilgrave (aka Purple Man) first appeared in Daredevil No. 4 in October 1964. He's an international spy who, in the 2000s, emerged as an enemy to Jones and her husband, Luke Cage (who will be played by The Good Wife alum Mike Colter in the Netflix dramas).

For Tennant, the Jessica Jones role marks his stateside follow-up to Fox's Gracepoint, a remake of British drama Broadchurch, which recently returned for a second season. He's repped by Independent Talent Group and UTA.

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