Tilda Swinton Could Join Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’

By May 28, 2015

With Marvel Studios preparing to expand the mystical side of their cinematic universe, they may have their eye on a versatile actress to help them do just that.

According to Variety, actress Tilda Swinton is up for a supporting role in Doctor Strange, the upcoming adaptation of the Marvel Comics character that will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Swinton, who came to greater prominence in 2005 by playing the evil Queen Jadis, the White Witch in Disney’s adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, has become a respected and sought-after actress, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007′s Michael Clayton opposite George Clooney. An actress of her caliber would definitely be quite a coup for Marvel Studios, as they work on expanding their overall cast of characters in a new direction with this film as “Phase Three” leads audiences to Avengers: Infinity War.

Doctor Strange will follow the story of Stephen Strange, a gifted but egotistical neurosurgeon who critically injures his hands in a car crash. Too proud to take on a teaching job and desperately wanting the effective use of his hands back, he begins seeking out unconventional ways of restoring them. This eventually brings him into contact with the Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme called the “Ancient One,” which leads him on a journey of discovery and into an entirely new world that he would become very important to: the world of magic. In the comics, the Ancient One is traditionally depicted as a male, but Swinton’s interest has apparently led the film’s creative team to rethink the role, and this is likely the part that she’ll be playing should a deal be struck.

There has been a reference to Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already, as he was named specifically as a potential threat and primary target of Hydra in Project Insight during Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson, and will be released on November 4th, 2016. For more on the project as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.