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Tilda Swinton (Pic: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Tilda Swinton (Pic: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Tilda Swinton (Pic: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Look at that face! If you had to cast someone to play a character called the Ancient One, a mystical being whose job is to act as a guide and mentor for a trainee warlock who may one day go on to take on the mantle of Doctor Strange, that’s the kind of face you’d be looking for, surely?

Doctor Strange (Pic: Marvel Comics)I mean yes, in the original Marvel Doctor Strange comics, the Ancient One is a withered old man from Tibet with a long white beard (the true sign of an ancient), but there aren’t many actors who could pull off the flinty eyes of hard-won wisdom like Tilda Swinton.

Heck, there aren’t many actors who could pull off a long white beard like Tilda Swinton, so let’s not rule anything out just yet.

According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Tilda is currently in talks to take on the role—in Marvel’s adaptation of their own comics.

If she does appear—having completed filming on Amy Schumer’s feature debut Trainwreck—Tilda will be yet another British star to appear in the Marvel universe, the latest since Martin Freeman signed up for Captain America: Civil War. And there are plenty more Marvel movies on the way, which means tons of roles for British talents.

Expect to hear news of Una Stubbs playing Ben Grimm’s Aunt Petunia any day now.

Doctor Strange will begin filming in Britain this winter, and is released on November 4, 2016.

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By Fraser McAlpine