If you have missed seeing Krysten Ritter as the titular lead on Marvel’s Jessica Jones, worry not for she has made her film debut in a brand new Netflix original film, Nightbooks that released on September 15th, 2021.
Directed by Brightburn director David Yarovesky and produced by Sam Raimi, the genius behind Evil Dead, the film is based on J.A. White’s eponymous story. It stars Winslow Fegley, Lydia Jewett and Krysten Ritter in the lead.
Set in an NYC apartment, the film sees a young bespectacled boy Alex trapped along with a girl named Yasmine wherein they have to come up with a new scary story every night lest they want to die.
The duo decides to hatch a plan that might save them both from the evil clutches of the witch. However, given the apartment’s unique ability to move across places, dimensions, space and time, their job seems a lot more difficult.
Krysten Ritter plays the cruel and vicious witch named Natacha, who with her long nails and scary spells frightens the living daylight out of Alex.
This role sheds new light on Ritter’s prowess as an actress as she has previously been seen as the psychologically tormented Jones. In this film, she plays the exaggerated and flamboyant version of the witch and is visibly seen enjoying herself.
Although she is now seen as Natacha, Ritter will always have an affinity for Jessica Jones and be ready to play the character as she recounted in an interview. “I absolutely love Jessica more than anything. And I loved those years playing her,” said Ritter.
“If there was ever an opportunity for her to pop up anywhere, I would be the first [to say yes]. I may or may not have the jacket ready to go in my closet. So, you never know, but if I ever had the opportunity to play her again, I would be so thrilled.”
She said that she would “always [be] down to do it again” as it was an “absolute dream”. She proclaimed the love she harboured for Jones’ character and “the way that she connected with so many people in a deep way and resonated with women and girls in an exciting way.”
Ritter added, “I am just so proud that I got to play such an iconic character.”
Stream the film on Netflix now and watch the trailer below: