Tilda Swinton wants her own ‘Doctor Strange’ spin-off film

Actress discusses the possibility of playing the Ancient One in a Marvel prequel movie

Tilda Swinton has hinted that she is keen to star in her own Doctor Strange spin-off film.

The Oscar-winning actress plays the Ancient One, a Celtic mystic who serves as mentor to Benedict Cumberbatch’s title character, in the new Marvel movie.

Asked about her character’s mysterious backstory, Swinton told ScreenCrush: “I’m pretty confidently dropping hints in [Marvel boss] Kevin Feige’s ear about a prequel, I’m constantly harassing him about that. I don’t know if it’ll get anywhere.”


Asked to clarify what she means by “hints”, the actress added with a laugh: “Just leaving the odd hint. Writing the odd note and putting it in his pocket. Writing lipstick messages in his mirror. Just seeing how far we get.”

In the Doctor Strange comic books, the Ancient One has always been Tibetan, which has led to accusations of “whitewashing” since it was announced last year that the white actress had been cast in the role.

Swinton responded to the controversy by saying in April: “Well, it’s not actually an Asian character – that’s what I need to tell you about it. I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that.”

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) directs from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). Doctor Strange opens in UK cinemas tomorrow (October 25) before getting a US release on November 4.

Read the NME review of Doctor Strange here