Some neat news we didn’t expect to drop today: J.R. Ramirez, who played Wildcat in the Distinguished Competition’s hit series Arrow, has been cast in the sophomore season of Jessica Jones. The news comes courtesy of the good folks over at Entertainment Weekly. Ramirez will be playing Oscar, who they describe as “a devoted single father who moves into Jessica’s building as the new superintendent. While his young son becomes enamored with Jessica and her powers, Oscar keeps his distance, worrying about the trouble that follows people like her.” Here’s what executive producer/brilliant showrunner Melissa Rosenburg had to say about the casting:
J.R. is an incredible addition to our cast, bringing complex and subtle emotion and humor. He exudes warmth, edge and intelligence, and blends perfectly with our tone.
Now, some of you may remember the casting breakdowns for Jessica Jones Season 2 we ran a couple months ago and wonder what the hell happened to those roles. Well, one of the roles we broke down was for a character named Oliver, whose call sheet listed the following traits for potential auditions: “34-38, male, Latino, artistic, paternal, smart, scruffy and hip”. We believe that this was the role Ramirez got.
In the aforementioned breakdown, we speculated that ‘Oliver’ would be some sort of amalgamation of Otis Johnson, a character tied to Colleen Wing and Misty Knight who worked for them as their administrative assistant (before he gained powers anyway). While Entertainment Weekly’s description of Ramirez’s Oscar doesn’t completely lend itself to our speculation, there are definitely some seeds you could connect to Otis Johnson. Namely, Oscar’s building superintendent role to Otis’ administrative assistant role. It may be a stretch once the dust settles and we learn more about the show, but right now it’s a connection worth making between the two characters.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly