Rumor of the Day: Tilda Swinton may actually play the Ancient One as a man in Doctor Strange

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Jul 27, 2015

When it was announced Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton had been cast as the Ancient One on Doctor Strange, we were collectively left scratching our heads before concluding Marvel would be pulling a gender switch on the iconic male comic-book character.

But what if they’re actually NOT?

After all, the androgynous-looking Swinton has played a male character before: most recently in 2005's Constantine (starring Keanu Reeves as the chain-smoking occult detective) where she played the archangel Gabriel. So, what’s to stop her from actually playing another male character in Marvel's upcoming comic-book movie Doctor Strange?

If you guys are wondering why this is coming up now, it is because in a recent interview with The Guardian, the actress may have dropped some hints about that. "The thing that keeps me being a performer is my interest in society’s obsession with identity," Swinton said, "because I’m not sure that I really believe identity exists."

Later, the site stated that Tilda Swinton "will soon start shooting a Marvel blockbuster, Doctor Strange, but there is a Swinton-esque twist – she doesn’t yet know if she will play the part as a man or a woman." Hmm...m’kay. Comic Book Movie points out that Swinton’s take on Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) Tibetan mentor could either be genderless -- as in the character is defined simply as the Ancient One -- or she could also be playing him as a man like she did in Constantine. Also, the fact that she doesn't know how she'll get to play the role yet is rather intriguing. What do you guys think?

Filming on Doctor Strange will begin in November, with the movie set to be released on Nov. 4, 2016.

(The Guardian via Comic Book Movie)

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