Actress Tilda Swinton is in talks with Marvel Entertainment to take on the role of The Ancient One, in the upcoming Dr. Strange movie. Swinton, 54, is best know for her role as the White Witch in Chronicles of Narnia and has appeared in Constantine and Vanilla Sky.
In the comics the Ancient One was a Tibetan Monk who trained Strange in the mystic arts, and a man. He was born over 500 years ago in a tiny farm village in Tibet. Discovering an ability for magic, he travels the world fighting demons and evil spirits, honing his skills for sorcery. He eventually sets up a monastery to train other sorcerers, including Dr. Stephen Strange, a surgeon from New York City who, seeking a cure for his damaged hands, eventually becomes the Ancient One's apprentice and later Earth's Sorcerer Supreme.
Why Marvel decided to cast the character as a woman is a mystery, especially when they have been screening male actors. For some reason the powers that be, decided to switch course and approach Swinton.
Dr Strange is being directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still), and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Imitation Game, Star Trek: Into Darkness).
Dr Strange begins filming this November and hits theaters in 2016.