Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2015

Tilda Swinton ‘excited’ for ‘Doctor Strange’ role, explains why she joined Marvel Universe

A lot of fans are excited that Oscar winner Tilda Swinton will be joining Sherlock star, Benedict Cumberbatch, in Marvel’s new film, Doctor Strange. Swinton confesses that she is “really exited” and talks about joining the massive comic book franchise.

I’m “really, really, really excited” to be taking on the role of The Ancient One, who is the mentor of Dr. Stephen Strange and his nemesis Baron Mordo, played by 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, she says to Screen Crush.

Aprt from her role in the Narnia films, Swinton has stayed away from big budget blockbuster films, but she said that she is simply, by heart, a huge Marvel fan.

“Well, there’s no particular interest in getting into something bigger, or even smaller, I just really liked the premise of this and the idea of playing this character,” she told Screen Crush.

“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!”

The Ancient One is an older, Asian male, so getting Swinton to play the character is a surprising and interesting move by the studio.

Doctor Strange concept art Benedict CumberbatchSwinton admitted that she still has not figured out yet how she will be portraying The Ancient One, but it will be quite an exciting adventure for her to add “finesse” into her portrayal.

“It’s like a family thing. Who knows where one might pop up. I don’t know where they’ll use me and I don’t know that they know, necessarily, even though they seem to know what they’re doing for the next decade. I think it’s like holding on to the tail of a galloping horse at this point,” she said.

“I’m up for it completely. I feel sorry for Idris. I’m not prepared at all to be bored by this. I’m really looking forward to it.”

While promoting Ant-Man, Marvel head Kevin Feige noting the connection to the next film, saying this of the Quantum Realm, “If you look up the study of quantum mechanics, when you get down that small, as Hank Pym says, space time is meaningless, and there’s a lot of that stuff that applies to Doctor Strange. So this is sort of an appetizer for, ‘If you think this is weird…’”

He explained that the existence of different dimensions is “essentially the whole crux” of Doctor Strange and that what we see from Ant-Man’s Quantum Realm “is essentially the tip of the iceberg for the stuff in Strange.”

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange will hit theaters on Nov 4, 2016.

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