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Tilda Swinton confirms Doctor Strange role, is "really, really excited"

07.14.2015

It feels as though it's been ages since we first heard that Tilda Swinton was in talks to play The Ancient One in Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE, but I suppose my ability to comprehend the passage of time isn't what it once was thanks to the events of SDCC '15. I'd elaborate but you know what they say, "what happens at San Diego Comic-Con stays at San Diego Comic-Con...unless it leaks." While doing press for TRAINWRECK, the actress spoke with ScreenCrush and confirmed that talks with Marvel have closed and that the role of The Ancient One is indeed hers.

No no no, it’s done. We’re so far in talks that we’re not talking any more [laughs]. It’s done. The conversation has been had.

I've always been in awe of Tilda Swinton's outstanding chameleon-like ability to transform into such a wide variety of characters, so I've got no difficulty picturing her stepping into the role of the powerful sorcerer. Tilda Swinton, who counts herself as a Marvel fan, found that the role of The Ancient One was one that she just couldn't say no to:

Well, there’s no particular interest in getting into something bigger, or even smaller, 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’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 stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and will open in theaters on November 4, 2016.

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Extra Tidbit: I didn't really get to go to Comic-Con, I asked if I could but was told that the JoBlo toilets needed scrubbing. Sigh.
Source: ScreenCrush

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9:09AM on 07/15/2015
Amazing actress but wrong part. I'm sure she'll do an amazing version of her own but its not the actual Ancient One. In a medium where there are very few Tibitan characters they go and change the one that there is.
Amazing actress but wrong part. I'm sure she'll do an amazing version of her own but its not the actual Ancient One. In a medium where there are very few Tibitan characters they go and change the one that there is.
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3:12AM on 07/15/2015

obviously

Clearly less Dr strange fans on here than fantastic four ones! i mean surely they would be going mental about such a change to an iconic character!
Clearly less Dr strange fans on here than fantastic four ones! i mean surely they would be going mental about such a change to an iconic character!
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2:26AM on 07/15/2015
I'm a purist so I fucking hate it. I love her as an actress, the below mentioned Constantine being one of my favorite. The woman is a chameleon. But in a time when people are screaming for diversity, in a time when white male parts are being forcibly change for no fucking reason to black, we now take an actual minority male character and change it to a white female? So I guess racial diversity is a must, unless you're an Asian. Those parts still get white washed into white something parts. I
I'm a purist so I fucking hate it. I love her as an actress, the below mentioned Constantine being one of my favorite. The woman is a chameleon. But in a time when people are screaming for diversity, in a time when white male parts are being forcibly change for no fucking reason to black, we now take an actual minority male character and change it to a white female? So I guess racial diversity is a must, unless you're an Asian. Those parts still get white washed into white something parts. I give Swinton credit, she can play androgynous like no one else, but this should have been a proper old Asian male part. Its sad that Asians, still to this day, get the short end of the stick in Hollywood.
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2:15AM on 07/15/2015
She was awesome in DC's Constantine movie.
She was awesome in DC's Constantine movie.
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1:41AM on 07/15/2015
Out of all of the new Marvel films and comic book heroes being established into the MCU, I'm looking forward to Doctor Strange the most and the magical, supernatural realm it's going to open.
Out of all of the new Marvel films and comic book heroes being established into the MCU, I'm looking forward to Doctor Strange the most and the magical, supernatural realm it's going to open.
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11:36PM on 07/14/2015
I still wish they had cast an old Asian dude like the comic character but seeing her excited about the project eases my concerns a little. I was genuinely afraid she was doing this for the money but this doesn't seem the case at all.
I still wish they had cast an old Asian dude like the comic character but seeing her excited about the project eases my concerns a little. I was genuinely afraid she was doing this for the money but this doesn't seem the case at all.
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9:42PM on 07/14/2015
I can't wait to see this movie. Tilda is awesome and I have no doubt she'll do a great job.
I can't wait to see this movie. Tilda is awesome and I have no doubt she'll do a great job.
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