Marvel Roundup: Tennant, Ejiofor, Civil War, and More

Marvel continues on its course for the world’s greatest geek coup, with a veritable casting Who’s Who, and plans to take over television. Let’s first start with… Jessica Jones...

Marvel continues on its course for the world’s greatest geek coup, with a veritable casting Who’s Who, and plans to take over television. Let’s first start with…


Jessica Jones

According to Marvel.com, David Tennant (‘Doctor Who’) has joined the cast of  ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’ which will be airing later this year on Netflix. He will play the villainous Kilgrave, whose appearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.

Tennant will star opposite Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter, who will play Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “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.”

“Anyone familiar with David’s work knows he brings an incredible level of dedication to any role he inhabits, a level we knew we would need from the man playing Kilgrave,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television. “While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.”


Dr. Strange

It appears Chiwetel Ejiofor (‘Serenity,’ ’12 Years A Slave’) may join Benedict Cumberbatch (‘Sherlock’)  in ‘Dr. Strange.‘ Talks are said to be in the early stages, and Marvel had no comment, but rumors are that Ejiofor is wanted to play a villain.

Scott Derrickson will direct the movie, which is in the early stages of casting and will shoot after ‘Captain America: Civil War.’


Captain America: Civil War

When production begins this April on ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ it appears Daniel Brühl (‘Inglourious Basterds’) may be playing the nefarious Baron Zemo, a nefarious Hydra villain from the Civil War comics.


X-Men

Fox Entertainment has confirmed that it is in negotiations with Marvel to develop a live-action X-Men TV series.

“It’s in negotiations,” said Fox Entertainment Chair Gary Newman. “We’re cautiously optimistic, we had a good meeting with them. That will not be on a fast track creatively. This is just the deal, now we have to find the creative.”

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