Long before Marvel‘s next superhero flick Doctor Strange even went into production, the studio was receiving some flack for casting Tilda Swinton in the role of the Ancient One.
The problem several people had with the actress was that the role was not only traditionally a male character, but Asian as well!
While we LOVED the trailer for Strange that gave us our first glimpse of Swinton’s character, as well as Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, there still fans who are a bit upset and claimed Tilda’s casting was another example of cultural appropriation of Asian characters.
That’s why the Chronicles of Narnia actress decided to address the controversy at a screening of A Bigger Splash, as she told The Hollywood Reporter:
“Well, it’s not actually an Asian character ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ that’s what I need to tell you about it. I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that.”
Unfortunately, the 55-year-old actress couldn’t reveal too much to back up her statement:
“You just have to wait and see, because it’s not an Asian character.”
Do you think there’s going to be a valid explanation for changing the Ancient One’s character?!
Make sure you catch Doctor Strange when it lands in theaters November 4!!