THR reports that cinema chameleon Tilda Swinton has been tapped to portray a Tibetan mystic called Ancient One, a mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange, in Marvel Studio’s upcoming project.
Set for November 4, 2016 release and directed by Scott Derrickson, “Doctor Strange” turns on the titular supernatural hero, a genius surgeon who, after the demise of his career, gets taken under the wings of the Ancient One who trains him to defend the world against evil. Originally in the comics, the Ancient One had been male. But, likely in light of increasing gender paradigm shifts within the industry, Marvel Studios is going female.
The film will begin shooting this November in the UK, with Kevin Feige onboard to produce. Busy actress Swinton will soon be seen in Judd Apatow’s Summer comedy “Trainwreck,” the Coens’ 2016 release “Hail, Caesar!” and (later this year, we hope) “A Bigger Splash” from Luca Guadagnino, who directed Swinton in “I Am Love.”
Watch our exclusive video interview with Swinton, below, where she talks about her roles in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Snowpiercer,” and teases the Coens’ hotly awaited showbiz comedy.