He may be a hero to many, but former Doctor Who actor David Tennant is about to become the most dastardly of supervillains in a new Netflix series created by Marvel Studios.
Comics giant Marvel have announced that the Broadchurch star will appear in the upcoming 13-part detective/superhero series AKA Jessica Jones as an evil figure named Kilgrave who has a past connection to the series’ hero.
Tennant will appear alongside Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter who plays the titular role of Jessica, a former superhero now working as a private detective in a hero-filled New York City and attempting to rebuild her shattered life.
However, according to Marvel, the appearance of Tennant’s character will send “shockwaves” through Jones’ world.
“I’m so honoured and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” series executive producer Melissa Rosenberg said. “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.”
While Marvel are yet to give more details of Tennant’s role, comic book fans might recognise the name “Kilgrave” as the alter-ego of super-powered villain The Purple Man (below, though in the comics it’s spelt Killgrave, with the first name Zebediah), who can use pheromones to control the minds of others.
In the comics, he used his abilities to capture and torture Jessica Jones while she was still the superhero Jewel, resulting in long-term trauma suffered by the hero – and, based on Marvel’s description, it sounds like a similar backstory is planned for the new series. We’re not sure if Tennant will go for the same skin tone, though…
“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,” added Marvel’s Head of Television Jeph Loeb. “While most know him for his roles as a hero, we can’t wait to unleash a whole new side of this talented actor.”
While there’s currently no release date for A.K.A. Jessica Jones, it will arrive on Netflix sometime after Marvel’s other upcoming series Daredevil, which stars British actor Charlie Cox and will be released this April.
Here’s a mock-up of what Tennant might look like if he goes full-Vimto.