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Tilda Swinton To Potray The Ancient One In Doctor Strange?

According to The Hollwood Reporter, Tilda Swinton is negotiations to portray the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange. It says that Marvel was originally searching for a male actor for the character but apparently re-thought the role and is set to cast a female instead.

The actress is negotiations to portray the Ancient One, the Tibetan mystic who is a mentor to Dr. Strange.

Tilda Swinton is on her way to the Marvel Universe.

The actress is in negotiations to join Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, being directed by Scott Derrickson.

Though the role is for a male, Swinton has proven time and time again that she can handle the roles that are thrown at her, so it’ll most likely turn out to be a good casting choice. Marvel seems to normally get those right.

According to the Marvel Database:

The youth who would eventually be called the Ancient One was born over five hundred years ago in Kamar-Taj, a village in a hidden land in the Himalaya Mountains in the area now known as Tibet. Originally, the youth, like the other men of the village, was a peaceful farmer. However, an older fellow villager named Kaluu somehow gained certain magical knowledge, which he shared with the youth. Kaluu and the youth began exploring the secrets of sorcery together, and learned how to harness mystical energy for their own uses.

However, their motives were quite different. Kaluu intended to build a vast empire, while the youth wished to use sorcery to benefit his fellow villagers. While the youth continued his studies, Kaluu slowly used his sorcery to influence the villagers’ minds. Eventually, Kaluu and the youth together cast a spell that eliminated disease, poverty, and suffering from Kamar-Taj, and granted its people immortality. Shortly thereafter, the people of Kamar-Taj, responding to Kaluu’s magical influence on their minds, crowned him as their king.

For over a year Kaluu organized the men of Kamar-Taj into an army of conquest, while slowly increasing his magical control over the minds of the people of Kamar-Taj so that they became no more than his placid puppets. The youth attempted to warn the villagers about Kaluu, but Kaluu’s magic prevented them from heeding him. Kaluu struck the youth from behind with a mystical bolt which paralyzed him. Then Kaluu had his soldiers conquer a neighboring village and reduce its people to slavery.

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