Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One for Marvel Studio's 'Dr. Strange'

May 27, 2015
Source: THR

Tilda Swinton

Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on.

Tilda Swinton is one of our favorites because she can play such unique characters. She's been in plenty of films recently: Snowpiercer, The Zero Theorem, The Grand Budapest Hotel as Madame D., Moonrise Kingdom, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Only Lovers Left Alive, and she's in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, plus the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar!. THR says "the character has been a male, and Marvel Studios initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio rethought the role and has now made it female. If a deal makes, Swinton will play the Ancient One." In the comics, The Ancient One is a Tibetan mystic who helps train the Sorcerer Supreme, in this case Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange. I like the choice.

Marvel's Dr. Strange, with Scott Derrickson directing, is set to go into production later this year with a release aimed for November 4th, 2016 late next year. So far they've only cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. We also can't forget that screenwriter Jon Spaihts is taking over script development, and that can mean only good things. Doctor Strange follows a once brilliant neurosurgeon forced into retirement after a car accident destroys his once skilled hands. He then meets the Ancient One on a trip to Tibet and learns to become the Sorcerer Supreme. We'll be keeping an eye on this production and any other major developments. In the meantime, go watch any film that Tilda Swinton is in.

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Dr. Friggin' Awesome.

TheOct8pus on May 27, 2015


Whoa! Tilda Swinton? I'm in.

Michael Wolff on May 27, 2015


Tilda Swinton is fantastic. If you like her, you must see "Orlando"...a fascinating movie!

kitano0 on May 27, 2015


I can't decide between calling sexism for only being able to find a white woman talented enough to take on a historically Asian role, or racism for changing the ethnicity of a character when the likes of Ken Wanatabe were in the running. There's also the relatively small matter of casting a 54 actress in place of the slightly elder Wanatabe, or the considerably older (despite being color swapped) Ian Mckellen and Morgan Freeman who were also consistently mentioned for the role.

nateoverlock on May 27, 2015


totally agree. I like the choice because even if they cast a male Asian actor in the role, there is the danger of him being written as a stereotypical Hollywood Asian character (just watch Remo Williams if you don't know what I mean). and all Asians are not Oriental. How about an Indian actress?

MrKuel on May 27, 2015


Or who gives a shit? She's a great actor.

Ledd Namahs on May 27, 2015


It isn't tremendously important. I'm sure she will be good to awesome. it just bores me to see hollywood go to the same watering hole all of the time. I Live in a very multicultural world and I've had enough of white actors from Britain and Australia. Marvel is pretty good at casting people of color. I would like to see them push it further as to represent a broader view of the world. there are talented actors in every country and continent. a great example of what I mean is The Mahabharata (1989) by Peter Brook

MrKuel on May 30, 2015


So is Anne Hathaway, but people are cast for parts because they're right for the part, not just because they're great actors. Should we see, "Bette Middler is... Batman!" Of course not. Talented actor and singer, absolutely, but just not for that role.

Jt Tremaine on Jul 16, 2015


I like how you want to call racism "for changing the ethnicity of a character" and then immediately in the next paragraph nominate Morgan Freeman and Ian Mckellen. I don't know why everyone keeps going to Wanatabe when it comes to an elderly Asian role. There are other Asian actors who could do a solid job at the minor role (because we'll probably only see the Ancient One at the beginning and maybe during flashbacks) with a little aged makeup added to them. There are other Asian actors that could fit the bill besides Ken. My choices for an Asian Ancient One: Chow Yun Fat (think the LOOK of his character in Pirates of the Caribbean 3), Hiroyuki Sanada, Daniel Dae Kim....and what the hell: BD Wong and Reggie Lee.

JBroti on May 28, 2015


These Marvel movies are all adaptations of the graphic novels/ they're never going to be 100% true to the source material. Why get offended? Marvel has never whitewashed their films, and they're trying to add more powerful female characters to their rosters of male dominated casts. Why is everyone on the internet so quick to get offended? Besides, Tilda Swinton is AWESOME

TheOct8pus on May 28, 2015


MARVEL better not eff this one up. It is sounding more and more like it is getting too good to be true. *Ahem* ANTMAN, anyone? I will hope against hope they can pull it off!!~

DAVIDPD on May 27, 2015


I'm very very very surprisingly ok with this. Don't get me wrong, I still would rather see Marvel stay true to the comics and go with a male Ancient One. But for some reason, I could see Tilda being a good choice if they decided to ONLY go with a female.

JBroti on May 28, 2015


This could be excellent !!!!! I think it's a bold move, the cast looks promising so far.

Zed68 on May 28, 2015


She's such a uniquely beautiful androgynous character actor

SausagePityPartyTableForOne on May 28, 2015


🙁 I hate stupid changes!

MLTC on May 29, 2015


I'll admit out front, I'm a purist when it comes to Dr. Strange. His world is not sexy. It's not even necessarily action-packed. It's abstract, bizarre even. What I like about Dr. Strange is that his world is full of peril, good vocabulary, and stoicism. He takes his job seriously and understands the ramifications of his successes and failures. He is a deep and pensive character. The Ancient One is his mentor and guide, his grounding rod through the abstract and bizarre. Strange looks up to him like a father, the only normalcy and anchor when the fabric of the dimensions itself is fraying. Making him a female, to me, throws off the whole dynamic of their relationship. If this is an effort to add sexiness to Dr. Strange or try to fill a gender gap in the film, I say boo. Don't be so politically correct. This is a chance I'd rather not see taken when there are solid male actors who could fulfill the role.

Sarah Sanders on Jun 10, 2015


This is horrible. Doctor Strange was an EXOTIC book but it seems they are trying really hard to make it "normal" Normal in movie language means BRITISH !! Will ANYONE in this movie be something beside a Brit ????? Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo ??? Tilda Swanton as the Ancient one ???? Both are fantastic actors , but I fear horribly miscast.

Reynard Rochon on Jun 30, 2015


"Bold"? That's what they call yellow face these days? Still smells like racist bs to me.

Jim Gessner on Feb 22, 2016

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