Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive & Ancient One by Stuart Immonen
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Several months ago, rumors about a suprising piece of gender and ethnicity blind casting began swirling when it was reported that Tilda Swinton was in talks to play the Ancient One in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Now, those rumors look to be confirmed.

In a chat with Screen Crush, Swinton revealed that she would indeed be playing the Ancient One in the 2016 film, and spoke about what drew her to the part.

“Well, there’s no particular interest in getting into something bigger, or even smaller,” said Swinton. “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 idea of playing The Ancient One is really just too tickling. I can’t say no to that!”

The Ancient One is Doctor Strange's mentor, and is usually portrayed as an older, Asian male. Swinton addressed the differences between the classic portrayal and her iteration of the character, saying “You know, I don’t know yet. I haven’t quite figured it out. I will let you know when I know. It’s a bit of an adventure to figure out how to finesse this. But it’s exciting.”

Swinton also revealed that, as is standard practice for Marvel, her contract includes the possibility of appearing in multiple films.

Marvel has not commented on Swinton's claims.

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel's master of mysticism, and is set for a November 4, 2016 release.

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