David Tennant to play villain in Marvel’s ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’ Netflix series

Former 'Doctor Who' star will play baddie Kilgrave opposite Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones

David Tennant has joined the cast of Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones Netflix series.

The former Doctor Who star will play the villain in the 13-part series, which is set to premiere on Netflix later this year. Breaking Bad actress Krysten Ritter was cast as the title character, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency, last month (December).

Marvel broke the news on its official website last night (January 26), confirming that Tennant will play the “villainous Kilgrave” opposite Ritter’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage as Mike Colter, a man with a mysterious past who could become a potential love interest for the title character.

Melissa Rosenberg, who adapted the Twilight novels for the big screen, has developed the series and will serve as its executive producer and show runner. She said in a statement: “I’m so honoured and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character. He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”

Tennant can currently be seen in the second series of Broadchurch on ITV. He also starred in the show’s US remake, titled Gracepoint, which premiered on Fox last year to disappointing ratings and has not been renewed for a second season.