Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tilda Swinton confirms role in Doctor Strange

It was revealed last month that Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) was in talks to star in Marvel's mystical Doctor Strange. Now Swinton herself has updated her status. "We're so far in talks we're not talking anymore," she told Screen Crush. "It's done!"

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism Of Emily Rose) is directing the film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) as sorceror supreme Steven Strange. Swinton will play The Ancient One – the healer in the Himalayas (in the comics) who teaches the down on his luck Strange to tap into his psychic and magical powers. He uses the knowledge to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains such as evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo.

"The idea of playing The Ancient One is really just too tickling," Swinton laughs. "I can't say no to that! I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character. I'm a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting. I'm really interested as both an actor and a fan to see what's done in this particular world. It's all about creativity. It's not about everything exploding at the end. It's about something very different."

The actress also confirms that – now seemingly standard practise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – she has signed up for an unspecified number of further Marvel films, but doesn't yet know when she will be showing up again. "It's like holding onto the tail of a galloping horse at this point."

While some will needlessly grumble that the character has been portrayed as a man in the comics, this feels like the sort of part Swinton could excel at. She is certainly no stranger to powerful magical beings, given her experience playing the White Witch in the three Chronicles Of Narnia films

The cameras on Doctor Strange are set to start rolling this November in the UK, and the film will be out here on 28 October 2016 before heading to the US on 4 November. Swinton will next be on our screens in Judd Apatow's (This Is 40) Trainwreck, which is out on August 14. She is also part of the cast for Joel and Ethan Coen's (Inside Llewyn Davis) Hail, Caesar! with the film due on 26 February next year.

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