Doctor Strange casting gender-swaps The Ancient One

One of our favourite stars to play a gender-swapped whitewashed Doctor Strange mentor

Tilda Swinton as Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive
Tilda Swinton as Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive

After a fair bit of speculation about which (male) actor would play the Ancient One in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, it looks like Marvel are looking in a different direction.

THR reports that the magnificent Tilda Swinton is in talks to play the “Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme.”

We obviously applaud the casting of Tilda Swinton in anything, although the whitewashing of a Tibetan character is regrettable. Also, wouldn’t it have been absolutely brilliant if Swinton had played the Sorcerer Supreme? Imagine that!

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and starts filming in the UK in November.


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