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Rachael Taylor joins 'Jessica Jones' series for Netflix

"The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” says showrunner Melissa Rosenberg about why Taylor was hired to play Trish Walker.

By Karen Butler
Rachael Taylor joins 'Jessica Jones' series for Netflix
Actress Rachael Taylor attends the premiere of the motion picture crime drama "The Rover" at the Regency Village Theatre in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on June 12, 2014. Storyline: 10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened, ruthless ex-soldier tracks down the men who stole his only possession - his car. As he travels through the lawless Australian outback, he takes a damaged young man as his unwitting accomplice. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Rachael Taylor has been cast in the role of Patricia "Trish" Walker in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel and Netflix announced Thursday.

The new 13-episode series -- starring Krysten Ritter, David Tennant and Mike Colter -- is to premiere on Netflix following Marvel's Daredevil, later this year.

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Taylor's character is described as "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," a synopsis said.

"The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both," showrunner Melissa Rosenberg said in a statement. "Rachael is all that and more!"

"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," added Jeph Loeb, executive producer and Marvel's head of television. "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 is best known for her work on TV's Crisis and Grey's Anatomy.

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