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It’s fair to say that the reaction to Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil was resoundingly positive, having just become the highest rated show on the streaming service. With a second season already announced, new rumours have surfaced about possible new titles for Phase Two of the Marvel Netflix Universe.
According to El Mayimbe over at Heroic Hollywood, Marvel are planning on making shows based around The Punisher (previously rumoured) as well as Ghost Rider and Blade. The rumour-hound however notes that Marvel are “afraid” the amount of CGI needed to make Ghost Rider look good could make the show “goofy” and that the show’s “hard PG-13″ rating could be a detriment to each character. Mayimbe also claims that these characters could appear in other Netflix shows like Daredevil, Aka Jessica Jones and The Defenders, which would then be used as backdoor pilots similar to The Flash in Arrow over at DC. »
- Luke Owen
Hou Hsiao-hsien and his writing partner, Chu Tien-wen, have been talking about their followup to The Assassin in which Shu Qi would play a river goddess. Meantime, Richard Linklater's been test screening his "spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused," a comedy about college life in 1980. Tilda Swinton "is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson," according to the Hollywood Reporter. Craig Johnson's adaptation of Daniel Clowes's Wilson may feature Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. And Chuck Palahniuk says that he and David Fincher are still aiming to produce a rock opera based on Fight Club—and that Trent Reznor is working on a score. » - David Hudson »
Special effects legend Rick Baker formally announced his retirement this week. Baker cited a “cheap and fast” philosophy in the movie industry that was at odds with his desire to ensure things got done right as the catalyst for his retirement. Baker’s work stretches across several prominent films, from An American Werewolf in London to Videodrome to The Rocketeer to Ed Wood to Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Tropic Thunder. Baker also worked on the Men in Black films and Michael Jackson’s famous “Thriller” music video. The 2014 feature Maleficent will now stand as his last work.
Baker will, however, be auctioning off his famous work via The Prop Store, beginning today.
Jessica Chastain and Amy Schumer are poised to work together on a new comedy. The Tracking Board has reported that Chastain, known mostly for her dramatic work in features such as The Tree of Life and Zero Dark Thirty, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Simon Pegg appears on the Empire Podcast for a record-breaking fourth time this week, talking about everything from his new Star Trek script (Star Trek: Beyond) to his latest, the Brit rom-com Man Up, which just so happens to be out in UK cinemas today.Elsewhere, the team tackle The Rock - figuratively speaking - with his new disaster movie San Andreas crashing into cinemas, and come to terms with Tilda Swinton possibly playing The Ancient One in the upcoming Marvel movie Doctor Strange.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. The good news: Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to play a gender-bent Ancient One in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." The bad news: Tilda Swinton is reportedly in talks to play a whitewashed Ancient One in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." How are we supposed to feel about this? Pretty angry, according to a contingent of tweeters who are miffed that a character depicted in the comics as an elderly Tibetan man (birth name: Yao) has been reimagined for the upcoming McU entry as a willowy white goddess. Here's a sampling of the outrage: 'Tis strange to assume that changing the character's gender will be controversial but the whitewashing gets a pass. http://t.co/qNZ6cm1d3F — Jason Morehead »
- Chris Eggertsen
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
Marvel is getting ready to go way out into the nether regions of its universe with the upcoming “Doctor Strange” adaptation, and having Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role seems to have the film steering towards some auteur waters (or, as auteur as a comic book film can get). The high-falutin’ trend is continuing with news that Tilda Swinton just might be joining Cumberbatch in the dark, magical film. The Hollywood Reporter states that Swinton is currently in talks to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic who becomes the mentor to Doctor Strange. The character was originally male in the comics, but the character has been genderbent for this [ Read More ]
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.
The high priestess of strange Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Strange, THR reports. Swinton will play the Ancient One, Dr. Strange's mentor, who has a fleet of pupils training to be the world's next top sorcerer. In the comics, the character is male, and Marvel was initially looking for a male actor to fill the role but realized that Swinton's natural otherworldly glow knows no gender (or race, apparently). Nothing is outside of the Swinton wheelhouse: Recently, she's been an ennui-drenched vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive and a sniveling lackey in Snowpiercer, and she'll be Amy Schumer's exacting boss in the upcoming Trainwreck. With the Ancient One's age topping out over 500, it appears Swinton is well on her way to fulfilling her email auto-reply message's prophecy:"Hello, I am away until 01/01/2070 and am unable to read your message." »
- E. Alex Jung
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, »
- email@example.com (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, »
- Anne Thompson and 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
Most of the focus in the Marvel-verse is currently on the expansive cast of Captain America: Civil War, but we can.t forget that Doctor Strange is coming down the pipe next year as well. Set to film this fall, Tilda Swinton is joining the cast as an important character, though there movie is making one drastic change that is sure to spark a lot of conversation and controversy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swinton is in talks to play the Ancient One, a Tibetan mystic (who better for a role like that than the Snowpiercer and Only Lovers Left Alive star?), who serves as a mentor and advisor to the title character, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. However, in the comics, the character is a man, while, with Swinton taking the role, it will obviously be a woman. In Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch plays Stephen Strange, a cocky surgeon »
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
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