Well, this is certainly an interesting turn of events. The last we heard regarding casting for the role of ‘The Ancient One’ in Doctor Strange (the mentor who guides Stephen Strange into becoming the Sorcerer Supreme), Marvel was looking at male actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe. It appears as though they’ve decided to go another route entirely. According to THR, Tilda Swinton is up for the part:
The actress is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson.
Strange is Marvel’s supernatural hero, a formerly cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, and while on a last ditch attempt to heal himself, discovers magic.
Strange’s mentor is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. In the comics, 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.
Swinton is a pretty phenonemal actress, and dominates every role she’s been in. She’s also pretty well known for taking on parts that see her transformed and virtually unrecognizable from movie to movie. In short, she can do this role some serious justice. While it’s not sticking as closely with the comics, Marvel hasn’t avoided changing things up for the movies in the past…and it pretty much always works out.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. For now, this isn’t confirmed, and talks can always fall through, but Swinton may be the Ancient one for Marvel. Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016 and will begin filming sometime in the Fall. Hopefully we’ll be getting more official casting announcements soon then!