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David Tennant to play villain in Netflix's 'Jessica Jones'

The Scottish actor is best known for his work on TV's "Doctor Who," "Broadchurch" and "Gracepoint."

By Karen Butler
David Tennant to play villain in Netflix's 'Jessica Jones'
David Tennant. (Marvel/Netflix.)

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- David Tennant is to star as the villainous Kilgrave in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel and Netflix announced Monday.

Tennant is best known for his work on TV's Doctor Who, Broadchurch and Gracepoint.

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The Scottish actor will appear opposite Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter, who will play Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, in the all-new, 13-episode series premiering on Netflix this year, following Marvel's Daredevil.

"I'm so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character," executive producer/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg said in a statement. "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," added Jeph Loeb, executive producer and 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."

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