Doctor Strange: Tilda Swinton in Talks to Play Gender-Swapped Marvel Comics Character

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 2:41PM
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Doctor Strange
Wednesday, 27 May 2015 - 2:41PM
Doctor Strange: Tilda Swinton in Talks to Play Gender-Swapped Marvel Comics Character
Tilda Swinton famously inspired Bong Joon-Ho to gender swap the villain of Snowpiercer, Minister Mason, in order to allow her to take on the role. Now, Swinton may be evening the playing field once again, as she is reportedly in negotiations to play Ancient One, a male Marvel Comics character who serves as a mentor to Doctor Strange. 

In the comics, Ancient One is a 500-year-old sorcerer who was stripped of his immortality, but ages extremely slowly. He has capabilities such as astral projection, levitation, and interdimensional hijinks, but while serving as mentor to Doctor Strange, is under a physical strain from his old age and taps into his powers with difficulty. 

According to THR, the studio was initially looking for a male actor, but has now "rethought the role" and entered negotiations with Swinton. We hope this deal goes through, if only because Swinton is an amazing actor, and if it doesn't, Marvel should stick to the idea of a female mentor, which is sadly all-too-novel in recent superhero movies.

Doctor Strange follows a former neurosurgeon who discovers magic after losing the use of his hands. The titular character will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and the film will be directed by Scott Derrickson, best known for helming the Sinister Franchise. The Doctor Strange adaptation is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 4, 2016.
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