British actress Tilda Swinton might play the Ancient One in the next Benedict Cumberbatch film “Doctor Strange.” The actress is in negotiations to join the Marvel movie, which will follow the story line of supernatural hero Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange.
In the comics, Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon whose career is destroyed after his hands are damaged in a car accident. In order to rebuild his life, he travels to the Himalayas where he meets the mysterious magician known as the Ancient One. The Ancient One has Tibetan roots and trains Doctor Strange to become the next "sorcerer supreme." After learning the mystic art from the Ancient One, Doctor Strange returns to New York and uses his abilities to protect the world from the evil.
In Marvel comics, the Ancient One is a male; however, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the studio wants a female to play the role.
Swinton has yet to confirm her casting in the film. She has appeared in films like “The Deep End,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Michael Clayton” and others. She is an Academy and BAFTA award winner and has also been nominated twice for Golden Globes. She is known for her exceptional performances and joining Marvel will be a new move for her burgeoning career.
She will be seen as Dianna in the Amy Schumer comedy film “Trainwreck,” which will open July 17. She also recently played Madame D. in the Oscar-nominated film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
“Doctor Strange” is scheduled to be released Nov.4, 2016. The shooting will begin in November and Scott Derickson is directing from the screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Jon Spaihts. Cumberbatch will play the title role.
“Excited. Really excited," he said about the role. "There’s a lot of work to be done and I’m just at the beginning of it all so I’m not going to talk too much about it but it’s a thrilling gig to get. I just can’t wait. Very excited,” he said to Hey U Guys at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, Cinema Blend reported.