Tilda Swinton confirms her role in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ movie

She'll appear alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2016 superhero movie

Tilda Swinton has confirmed her role in Marvel’s forthcoming Doctor Strange movie.

Marvel announced that Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as Doctor Strange in December, also confirming that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing the film from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). The film is set for release in cinemas on November 4, 2016.

In May it was reported that Swinton was “in talks” to co-star as the “Ancient One”, a Tibetan mystic who will serve as a mentor to Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The “Ancient One” character has always been a male in Marvel’s Doctor Strange comic books, but the film’s producers have decided to make the character female for the film.


Asked whether she is still in talks for the role, Swinton told ScreenCrush: “No no no, it’s done. We’re so far in talks that we’re not talking any more. It’s done. The conversation has been had.”

“I’m a Marvel fan and I think this particular world that Doctor Strange goes into is really, really, really exciting.” she added. “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!”

Rachel McAdams and 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor have also been linked to key roles in the film. Ejiofor is reportedly being lined up to play Baron Mordo, a super-villain who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963, while McAdams is said to be in the frame to play a currently unnamed female lead.

Neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Doctor Stephen Strange made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963. The film will follow Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange as he delves into hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions after suffering a horrific car crash. Further plot details have yet to be revealed by Marvel.