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Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One in 'Doctor Strange'

By Florey DMMovies - 20 July 2015 4:26 PM | Updated 4:26 PM

Tilda Swinton is The Ancient One in 'Doctor Strange'

18 Jul – She may not be Asian, male or old, but Tilda Swinton has confirmed that she is playing the role of The Ancient One in Marvel's upcoming 'Doctor Strange'.

The character is normally depicted as an older Tibetan male, but with Marvel striving for diversity within its cinematic universe, it should come as no surprise that a 54-year-old British actress will be taking on the role instead.

"I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character," said Swinton, as quoted by Screen Rush. "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."

The movie follows Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose career as a neurosurgeon is destroyed but gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer decides to take him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil as Doctor Strange.

'Marvel's Doctor Strange' opens in cinemas on 3 November 2016.