Tilda Swinton ‘in talks’ to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ film

Oscar-winning 'Michael Clayton' actress is set to play a Tibetan mystic called the 'Ancient One'

Tilda Swinton is reportedly “in talks” to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s forthcoming Doctor Strange film.

The Oscar-winning Michael Clayton actress is said to be wanted for the role of the “Ancient One”, a Tibetan mystic who will serve as a mentor to Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has also been linked to the film and is apparently in the frame to play a villain.

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 a female for the film. Swinton, who appeared on Patrick Wolf’s 2009 album ‘The Bachelor’ and co-starred with David Bowie in his ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ video, is “in negotiations” for the role, according to THR.

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

Neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Doctor Strange made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963. The film will follow Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange as he delves into hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions after suffering a horrific car crash. Further plot details are being kept closely under wraps.