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Marvel is currently in talks with Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Snowpiercer) to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming "Doctor Strange" superhero film, to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister). The movie revolves around Strange, a cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, and while on a last ditch attempt to heal himself, discovers magic. Strange's mentor is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. Swinton will play the Ancient One. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio rethought the role and has now made it female. "Doctor Strange" will begin shooting in November and hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
The Brits are taking over Marvel. As we all know, Benedict Cumberbatch is to play the title character in Marvel’s Phase 3 film Doctor Strange, but now it looks like he’s being joined by one of Blighty’s other highly-respected thespians. Tilda Swinton, who appeared the in the brilliant, but bloody dark We Need To Talk About Kevin and the fantastic vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive, alongside fellow Marvel alumni Tom Hiddleston, is in talks to play the role of The Ancient One in the Scott Derrickson directed adventure.
The film, expected in cinemas in 2017 (November 4th), revolves around a mysterious surgeon who, after injuring his hands, discovers the power of magic.
Doctor Strange is expected to start filming in the UK very soon, so expect the ‘talks’ to be concluded relatively quickly. The role of The Ancient One, the 500-year old mentor of Doctor Strange, has historically »
- Paul Heath
With the cast for Captain America: Civil War now finally locked and in place, with the movie before the cameras, the casting spotlight switches to the next Marvel cinematic universe project after that. And the film in question is Doctor Strange, which Scott Derrickson is directing for a November 2016 release.
Swinton is set to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic, and a mentor to the character of Doctor Strange. The role in the comics is male, and Marvel Studios was originally on the hunt for a man to play the part. Yet the studio has changed direction, »
In the original Doctor Strange comics the titular character gets his mystical powers after a car crash sees him losing fine control of his own body. With modern medical science unable to heal him, Strange scours the world for alternatives and comes across a Tibetan figure known as The Ancient One that teaches him how to unlock the power of his mind. In said comics The Ancient One is basically an old Asian wizard, complete with pointy white beard, flowing clothes, and a perpetual sense that he knows more than everyone around him. In the Doctor Strange movie being directed by Scott Derrickson, however, that won't be the case. According to THR, Marvel has offered the role to none other than the brilliant Tilda Swinton. Obviously Swinton isn't anything close to an old Asian...
- Peter Hall
Academy Award winner Swinton is in talks to play the spiritual mentor to surgeon-turned-cosmic warrior Stephen Strange, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Ancient One has traditionally been portrayed in Marvel Comics as a male Tibetan mystic since his first appearance in 1963.
Cumberbatch has spoken about his excitement for the project in recent months, revealing that he doesn't consider a superhero role to be a career risk.
With Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, set to begin filming later this year it's about time for us to hearing other casting news. Today brings word that actress Tilda Swinton is currently in talks to join the film as Strange's mentor. Come inside to learn more!
Well, this is certainly an interesting turn of events. The last we heard regarding casting for the role of 'The Ancient One' in Doctor Strange (the mentor who guides Stephen Strange into becoming the Sorcerer Supreme), Marvel was looking at male actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe. It appears as though they've decided to go another route entirely. According to THR, Tilda Swinton is up for the part:
Strange is Marvel’s supernatural hero, a formerly cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
While Tilda Swinton has acted alongside a number of Marvel universe folk in recent years – Chris Evans in Snowpiercer and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive to name but two – she’s never set foot inside the actual McU. All that is set to change, as she’s in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.Sinister’s Scott Derrickson is calling the shots on this one, working from a script by Jon Spaihts. They will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Dr. Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as the Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer, Chronicles of Narnia) is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Imitation Game) in Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange as the Ancient One. If reports are true, this is yet another case of Marvel Studios hiring incredible actors in supporting roles. Swinton would join Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) in helping Marvel establish serious acting credibility in their films. Fans of the comic series are probably scratching their heads at this casting announcement. The Ancient One is usually portrayed in the comics as an older Tibetan man. In fact, earlier casting rumors had Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, Batman Begins) as someone Marvel was considering for the role. It'll be very interesting to see how Marvel tackles this new take on the character. Granted, with the acting chops Swinton possesses, I »
- Charles Dean
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, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Whoa. Some impressive casting news for Marvel's Dr. Strange movie in the works. THR is reporting that Oscar winning actress Tilda Swinton is discussions to play the character called The Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange, originally a male role in the comics but now a female role in the movie. Director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) is at the helm of this new Marvel introduction, and it seems like he's really pushing for bold choices in the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play the lead Dr. Strange, and now with Swinton, this is an excellent duo so far. More casting news is likely on the way soon, as shooting us supposed to begin in November. Read on. Tilda Swinton is one of our favorites because she can play such unique characters. She's been in plenty of films recently: Snowpiercer, »
- Alex Billington
The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Snowpiercer) is in talks with Marvel Studios about taking on the role of the Ancient One in next year’s Doctor Strange.
Initially Marvel had been looking for a male actor to portray Dr. Stephen Strange’s mentor, with Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) and Bill Nighy (Pride) rumoured as potential candidates, although the part has subsequently been reworked.
- Gary Collinson
Benedict Cumberbatch will have some company as he traverses the world of sorcery in Marvel’s Doctor Strange – THR is reporting today that Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) will be taking on the role of a Tibetan mystic known as The Ancient One (because you didn’t think she’d be playing a straight love interest, now did ya?) in the Scott Derrickson-directed blockbuster, which is intended to simultaneously introduce the Sorcerer Supreme and the more magical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Marvel fans will make of the casting (The Ancient One was a man in the comics) should be interesting, but there’s no denying the attraction of casting a uniquely talented actress like Swinton in the part of a major comic-book character. She’s transformed herself again and again in everything from Snowpiercer to The Grand Budapest Hotel in recent years, so it’s »
- Isaac Feldberg
Scott Derrickson is directing the comicbook movie.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics vets Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.
Strange’s mentor is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next Sorcerer Supreme. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel Studios was initially searching for a male actor. Given Swinton’s interest in the film, however, the studio has now rethought the role.
“Doctor Strange” will debut on Nov. 4, 2016.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. »
- Justin Kroll
Doctor Strange is about to get a good dose of strange. Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in the Marvel adventure, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson. As if that weren’t insane enough, Derrickson has also dropped a hint that Death itself could stop by the movie. More on the Tilda […]
- Angie Han
Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is in talks to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” TheWrap has learned. The role up for grabs is of The Ancient One, a Tibetan sage who serves as mentor for Cumberbatch’s Dr. Stephen Strange. The character is male in the comic book universe, but at present it’s unclear if Swinton would play the part as such. Scott Derrickson will direct from a script by Jon Spaihts, and the film will hit theaters on Nov. 4, 2016. Also Read: Marvel Courting Ava DuVernay to Direct Diverse Superhero Movie (Exclusive) Cumberbatch will star as neurosurgeon Strange, »
- Matt Donnelly
Now this is how to get people excited about a new Marvel movie. More action? New villains? Nope, Tilda Freaking Swinton. Per THR, the unbelievably talented actress/chameleon is in talks to join the cast of Marvel Studios’ superhero film Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. The lynchpin here is that Swinton isn’t being eyed to play Cumberbatch’s female co-star or love interest. No, she’s in line to fill the role of the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who serves as Doctor Strange’s mentor and trains him to become the next Sorcerer Supreme. For those unfamiliar with the comics, Strange is a Tony Stark-esque cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands in an accident, and while on a subsequent quest to heal himself, stumbles across magic. Cumberbatch is set to play the title character for director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), and »
- Adam Chitwood
Last December, it was reported that Marvel were considering Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe for the role of The Ancient One in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, but things have clearly changed since then. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Tilda Swinton is now in talks to play Strange's mentor in the movie, and it's no doubt both a surprising and interesting choice. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the hero (who will apparently lead the New Avengers following Captain America: Civil War if recent rumours are to be believed), and seeing him alongside Swinton would no doubt be great. The site adds that Marvel were initially considering keeping the character of The Ancient One male, but changed their mind and have made him a woman instead. Swinton has also starred in Only Lovers Left Alive, Snowpiercer, and We Need to Talk About Kevin. »
If you were to say to me that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton would be starring in the same movie, I might think it was perhaps a period piece, or maybe a sweeping romance. Instead, it's in a Marvel movie. Either way, I'll take it. Indeed, THR reports that Swinton has joined the Marvel-verse and will take a role in "Doctor Strange." She'll play a Tibetan mystic (because, obviously) known as the Ancient One, who helps the Doctor learn the skills of being a sorcerer. So she's mentor to Cumberbatch's pupil, which sounds pretty cool. Marvel has tweaked the character from the comics, changing it from a man to a woman, and this will surely get the corners of comic fandom you should generally ignore all worked up and bothered. Read More: Ethan Hawke Says He Was Almost Cast As Doctor Strange Scott Derrickson directs, shooting begins this fall, and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tilda Swinton is on her way to the Marvel Universe. The actress is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson. Strange is Marvel’s supernatural hero, a formerly cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands, and while on a last ditch attempt to heal himself, discovers magic. Strange’s mentor is a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. In the comics, the character has been a male, and Marvel Studios initially was searching for a male actor. But the studio
- Borys Kit
Benedict Cumberbatch has already been cast as Strange, a formerly cocky surgeon who loses the use of his hands. On a last ditch attempt to heal himself, he discovers magic.
The Ancient One proves to be Strange's mentor, a Tibetan mystic training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. In the comics the character has been male but the studio rethought that idea and have now made it female.
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- Garth Franklin
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