Marvel's 'Jessica Jones' to Star Krysten Ritter

Ritter will play the lead in the Netflix straight-to-series pickup
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The second of Marvel's Netflix series, Jessica Jones, has cast its leading lady.

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 alum Krysten Ritter will star in the straight-to-series comic book drama, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Marvel and Netflix declined comment.

The Jessica Jones 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 and are slated to culminate in a miniseries about The Defenders, comprised of a dream team of heroic characters.

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Ritter will play Jessica Jones, the cynical, sardonic and tough-as-nails, but innately cool and sexy, title character. Jones is described as a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder that leads to her hanging up her costume and opening up her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.

Twilight's Melissa Rosenberg will oversee the series.

For Ritter, the role marks her first in the Marvel universe, following TV roles on The Blacklist, NBC's doomed Mission Control series, which was canceled before its premiere, as well as Breaking Bad. She's repped by WME.

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