Marvel is taking another step towards diversity - though they're clearly sticking with that longterm plan of only employing fabulously talented people!
They're doing both those things by hiring the amazing Tilda Swinton!
The We Need To Talk About Kevin star is reportedly joining Benedict Cumberbatch in the magical Doctor Strange!
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Tilda is apparently set to play Strange's immortal mentor The Ancient One.
The character is traditionally depicted as an old bearded man, but after they couldn't find the right fit, Marvel decided to cast a wider net and go with a bolder choice!
Innerestingly, this will be the SECOND time Tilda has taken on the role of a previously male character in a comic book movie; in 2005 she played the archangel Gabriel in the Keanu Reeves version of Constantine.
Doctor Strange is directed by Scott Derrickson and is set to hit theaters November 4, 2016.
[Image via Marvel/Derrick Salters/WENN.]
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