Rachael Taylor (Transformers, NBC’s Crisis) is joining the cast of Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones. Playing Trish Walker, Taylor joins Krysten Ritter, who is playing the titular role, and Mike Colter who will play Luke Cage. The casting follows the recent announcement that David Tennant was cast as the villain Kilgrave AKA The Purple Man.
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Marvel confirmed the news, and provided this description for the character
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.
Walker first assumed the superhero identity of Hellcat in 1976. Her abilities and tools include telekinesis, psychic resistance, retractable claws, wrist grappling hook, and martial arts training.
While Taylor is a familiar face in the TV community, she has starred in a a string of short-lived series which include Charlie’s Angels, 666 Park Avenue, and Crisis, all of which were cancelled in just one season.
Here’s what Jeph Loeb, executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television, had to say about the recent casting:
“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.”
Taylor can next be seen in The Loft.
AKA Jessica Jones is expected to make its 13 episode debut sometime this year. DareDevil will premiere with its own 13 episode in April of this year.