Tilda Swinton is not like us. She is an otherworldly, unknowable demigoddess who defies classification as an actress. In a nearly 30-year career, she’s resisted typecasting at every turn, darting from daring androgyny to irresistible sex appeal to scenery-chewing weirdo with an ease that’s almost eerie, and inspiring a unique cultural fascination unlike any other actor of her generation.
Now, it seems she’ll be bringing her supernatural talents to Marvel Studios’ most supernatural movie yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swinton is in talks to star alongside Bendedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange, the 2016 film that will tell the story of the Marvel Universe’s Sorcerer Supreme. In the comics, Strange (Cumberbatch) is a brilliant-but-selfish surgeon who injures his hands in a terrible accident and can no longer do his job. After searching the world for a cure, he finds magic, and learns the ways of the supernatural under the tutelage of a Tibetan mystic known as the Ancient One, who shows him everything from spells to supernatural artifacts to hellish astral dimensions.
In the comics, The Ancient One is a man, but if there’s anyone on this planet who can portray Untold Knowledge of the Supernatural Realms and All They Contain, it’s Tilda Swinton. If she gets this role, I kid you not, she could top Robert Downey Jr. as the best casting choice Marvel Studios has ever made.