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Tilda Swinton in talks for 'Doctor Strange'

The actress is in negotiations to play Benedict Cumberbatch's onscreen mentor, the Ancient One

By Andrea Tim | Published: 28 May 2015

Tilda in Doc Strange
Tilda Swinton in 'Constantine' (Photo: Warner Bros)

Tilda Swinton is known for her portrayals of peculiar, off-their-rockers characters and she might be adding another to her belt for a role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Doctor Strange in 2016.

The actress is in negotiations to play the Sorcerer Supreme's mentor, the Ancient One, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Stephen Strange, an arrogant surgeon whose hands are rendered useless after a car accident (or so it is in the comics), searches in desperation for a cure and tracks down a hermit, the Ancient One, in the Himalayas. There, he learns magic and eventually becomes the next protector of Earth.

The Ancient One is originally a male character in the comics, but Marvel has decided to take a different direction in its casting. Tilda's androgynous style and looks have allowed her to play the angel Gabriel in Constantine (2005) and an Elizabethan nobleman called Orlando in the 1992 film of the same name, so gender bending for Doctor Strange should be almost innate for her. Fingers crossed Marvel sees the deal through.

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