The Hollywood Reporter states that acclaimed actor Tilda Swinton is in talks to play the Ancient One in Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange movie. In comics, the Ancient One is a 500 year old Tibetan warlock who acts as mentor to Doctor Strange. THR reports that Marvel Studios initially sought a male actor to play the role, but there's no word yet on what led them to open up to a female actor playing the role. Marvel reportedly did not comment on THR's report.
Swinton is no stranger to adaptations of comic books and graphic novels, as she's appeared in Constantine and Snowpiercer.
Doctor Strange is scheduled for release November 4, 2016, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role and Scott Derrickson directing. Filming is reportedly scheduled to begin in November.