by Justin Cook
Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton is in talks to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
In the film, which is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016, Swinton will play The Ancient One, a “Tibetan mystic” who serves as a mentor to Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. Strange, a former neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands, is trained by The Ancient One to become the next Sorcerer Supreme, or protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
For those unfamiliar, The Ancient One is male in the comics, so obviously Marvel is looking to change the gender of the character for the film.
Swinton is known for her unique choices in roles and consistently strong performances. Over the course of her career, Swinton has starred in such films as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Burn After Reading, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Moonrise Kingdom, Snowpiercer and The Grand Budapest Hotel. She even earned an Oscar in 2008 for her performance in Michael Clayton.
In the future, she will appear alongside Amy Schumer in Judd Apatow’s upcoming comedy Trainwreck and will be reteaming with the Coen brothers on Hail Caesar!, which will be released next year.
Doctor Strange will be the 14th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following next year’s star-studded Captain America: Civil War.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter