Marvel has announced that actor David Tennant will play the villainous Killgrave on Netflix's AKA Jessica Jones series.
Tennant is a popular choice among the science fiction and genre fans. In AKA Jessica Jones, Killgrave is described as an “enignmatic figure from Jessica’s past” who will rattle the superhero-turned-sleuth to her core.
Killgrave is also known as “The Purple Man” in the Marvel comics universe. He originally appeared as a nemesis for Daredevil and Luke Cage—two other characters set for a Netflix series—before becoming a major Jessica Jones antagonist in Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias, the comic series from which AKA Jessica Jones is based on.
Here's what Tennant had to say about joining the Marvel universe when speaking to Radio Times .
“I grew up on Marvel comics, so it’s very exciting to be part of their ever expanding entertainment empire,” Tennant told Radio Times at their Covers Party.
“It’s great. I love the movies, I love the TV shows, so I’m very pleased to be part of one. I grew up an absolute devotee to the worlds of Marvel, so the fact that they’ve expanded now into TV and film is a fact that I fantasised about when I was younger. So now to be part of it, to be on the other side of it is a thrill.”
And if you were thinking that Tennant was going to be as sinister as he was in the comics, then you should second guess yourself. “Who says it’s a villain?," he replied. "Make no assumptions. I’m saying nothing … I’ve found myself in another world which I can answer no questions about.”
AKA Jessica Jones hits Netflix later this year or early 2016.