The rumors had been bouncing around moviedom for some time, but now it looks like they can be categorically confirmed: Tilda Swinton will appear in Doctor Strange.
The acting powerhouse is down to appear as The Ancient One, the mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Stephen Strange. Comic book purists might be a little perturbed by the casting since it is not in keeping with the traditional paper and ink character. In the comics, The Ancient One is an elderly Asian man, not a white, English woman.
However, Kevin Feige has stated that The Ancient One is more of a mantle that can be passed to others, rather than one specific person. Furthermore, I doubt many will really be upset about the brilliant Swinton being cast in a Marvel movie. Check out some of her acting range in a clip from Snowpiercer below:
Although it seems some of the formal paperwork has yet to be completed, Swinton herself claims that talks are so far on it is essentially in the bag. She told ScreenCrush:
We’re so far in talks that we’re not talking any more [laughs]. It’s done. I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character. I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I’m really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what’s done in this particular world.
It seems Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange will also provide Swinton a lot of opportunities to show off her abilities. She claims the movie will go in a different direction from some Marvel films of the past, and will rely less on explosions and action set pieces, and more on plot, tone and creative storytelling. She added:
It’s all about creativity. It’s not about everything exploding at the end. It’s about something very different. The idea of playing The Ancient One is really just too tickling. I can’t say no to that!
Doctor Strange is currently due in theaters on 4 November 2016.