Following upon the announcement of David Tennant as Zebediah Kilgrave (the Purple Man), Marvel and Netflix have just announced the next major addition to the cast of AKA Jessica Jones. Potentially suiting up alongside Krysten Ritter will be none other than Rachael Taylor as Patricia Walker/Hellcat!
Best known for her role in Grey’s Anatomy and her small role in the original Transformers film (why Taylor and Anderson’s characters were dropped for the sequels is beyond me), Rachael Taylor will be playing Patricia Walker in the upcoming Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones. According to the official description of the character provided by Marvel “Trish” is a long time friend to Jones and will play an integral part in one of Jessica’s most dangerous cases yet. The official description is as follows;
“Trish is 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.”
There is no specific mention of Taylor suiting up as Hellcat but “Patsy Walker” does don the tights in the comics and it wouldn’t be completely out of left field to see more than one super show up in the series. Jessica Jones is a superhero detective after all. Hellcat is one of the more obscure characters in Marvel’s catalog but her history runs back all the way to the 1940’s. Before she became a hero of her own in 1976, Patricia Walker was a runway model obsessed with superheroes. It seems like this background is being maintained in her screen adaptation so hopefully a full on costume is in her future.
Alongside the description of the character, Melissa Rosenburg (showrunner) and Jeph Loeb (head of Marvel TV) had some wonderful praise to shower upon their new star. Here is what they had to say about the announcement;
“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both, Rachael is all that and more!” – Melissa Rosenburg
“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. Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanizing take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.” – Jeph Loeb
Taylor is a fine actress and will make a great addition to the cast. With her casting that makes 4 legitimate comic characters series regulars in the show. AKA Jessica Jones is shaping up to be the biggest treat for comic aficionados so far and more casting is undoubtedly on its way.
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