Marvel earlier drew a lot of flak for casting a British actress as Ancient One on “Doctor Strange.” Will the movie studio finally listen? Are they really going to replace actress Tilda Swinton?
According to Collider, Swinton will still appear as Ancient One in the upcoming movie. In the comic books, the character was born in Kamar-Taj in the Himalayas. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently defended their casting choice. “We cast Tilda out of a desire to subvert stereotypes, not feed into them,” Feige told Deadline. “The casting of The Ancient One was a major topic of conversation in the development…and the creative process of the story. We didn’t want to play into any of the stereotypes found in the comic books,” he explained.
“We make all of our decisions on all of our films, and certainly on ‘Doctor Strange,’ for creative reasons and not political reasons. That’s just always been the case,” Feige added. “I’ve always believed that it is the films themselves that will cross all borders and really get people to identify with these heroes.”
The studio executive also explained why they chose to make the character a woman. “We felt the idea of gender swapping the role of The Ancient One was exciting. It opened up possibilities,” he said. “It was a fresh way into this old and very typical story line. Why not make the wisest bestower of knowledge in the universe to our heroes in the particular film a woman instead of a man?”
But Feige reportedly recognises the importance of the conversation their casting choices has brought forth. “The truth is, the conversation that’s taking place around this is super-important. It’s something we are incredibly mindful of…I’m hopeful that some of our upcoming announcements are going to show that we’ve been listening.”