Tilda Swinton Talks ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing; Ancient One Prequel

Last night at the world premiere for Doctor Strange in Hollywood, actress Tilda Swinton who plays the Ancient One (a Tibetan man in the comics) weighed in on the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of her role.

Last night at the world premiere for Doctor Strange in Hollywood, actress Tilda Swinton who plays the Ancient One (a Tibetan man in the comics) weighed in on the controversy surrounding the whitewashing of her role.

They need to see the film to understand why Scott Derrickson and Kevin Feige decided to reimagine the Ancient One as a woman. People shouting loud and proud about needing more diversity in Hollywood cinema have got us right behind them.

You heard her people, keep shouting. But as important as the need for diversity is in Hollywood we have to remind ourselves that it’s also important to cast whomever the right person is in the role, regardless of race. Director Scott Derrickson  has already stated that the role of The Ancient One was reimagined with Swinton in the part for the film and that if Swinton did not take the role, the character would have been rewritten from the ground up.

Screencrush also dropped a tidbit from an upcoming interview with Swinton that will come out sooner to the release of Doctor Strange where Swinton expressed her interest in a solo film featuring the mystic mentor and sorcerer.

Swinton:

I’m pretty confidently dropping hints in Kevin Feige’s ear about a prequel, I’m constantly harassing him about that. I don’t know if it’ll get anywhere.

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.

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SOURCES: VARIETY, SCREENCRUSH, THR

‘Doctor Strange’: Sanctum Battle Clip

Doctor Strange is set to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the next level as it introduces mysticism and alternate universes into the franchise. In a new clip released by Marvel, we get our first taste of how magic will help elevate fight sequences to new heights and deliver action never before seen in a superhero film along with some trippy psychedelic visuals to boot as Doctor Strange has his first duel with Kaecilius and his Zealots in the Sanctum Santorum.

Doctor Strange is set to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the next level as it introduces mysticism and alternate universes into the franchise. In a new clip released by Marvel, we get our first taste of how magic will help elevate fight sequences to new heights and deliver action never before seen in a superhero film along with some trippy psychedelic visuals to boot as Doctor Strange has his first duel with Kaecilius and his Zealots in the Sanctum Santorum.

Check out the clip below. (via Comicbook.com)

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.

‘Doctor Strange’: Red Carpet World Premiere

In case you weren’t one of the lucky few who got to attend the world premiere of Marvel’s latest entry to the MCU, Doctor Strange in Hollywood last night, you can catch up on all the action here including interviews with the entire cast plus other stars from the MCU including Chadwick Boseman, Jessica Henwick and even the chairman of Marvel comics himself, Stan Lee!

In case you weren’t one of the lucky few who got to attend the world premiere of Marvel’s latest entry to the MCU, Doctor Strange in Hollywood last night, you can catch up on all the action here including interviews with the entire cast plus other stars from the MCU including Chadwick Boseman, Jessica Henwick and even the chairman of Marvel comics himself, Stan Lee!

Marvel proudly invites one and all to experience the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” LIVE from Hollywood! On October 20th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET as your favorite stars arrive at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre!

Sponsored by “Marvel Contest of Champions”, this LIVE event, available to watch at marvel.com/doctorstrangepremiere, will get you up close and personal with the cast of “Doctor Strange” like no one else can!

While you’re watching you can also tweet using the hashtags #DoctorStrange, follow @DoctorStrange on Twitter and like Marvel’s Doctor Strange on Facebook at Facebook.com/DoctorStrangeOfficial.

‘Doctor Strange’: “The Strange Theory” Clip Released

Another Doctor Strange clip has hit the web. We get our first look at the fantastic chemistry between Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Christine Palmer flirting it up at the hospital.

Another Doctor Strange clip has hit the web. We get our first look at the fantastic chemistry between Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Christine Palmer flirting it up at the hospital. Check it out below! (via Comicbook.com)

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.

‘Doctor Strange’: Astral Form Clip Released

In only a few week audiences will be mystified as Doctor Strange gives a proper introduction to mysticism and alternate universes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Today we get our first clip from the upcoming film featuring The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) letting everyone know who is boss as she punches Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) into an out of body experience.

In only a few week audiences will be mystified as Doctor Strange gives a proper introduction to mysticism and alternate universes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Today we get our first clip from the upcoming film featuring The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) letting everyone know who is boss as she punches Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) into an out of body experience. Check out the clip below! (via ComicBook.com)

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016.

From Marvel comes “Doctor Strange,” the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey when Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016.

‘Doctor Strange’: Score by Composer Michael Giacchino Mystifies

Thanks to Collider for bringing this aural peek into what will be the score of Doctor Strange to my attention. This track comes to us by way of an ‘audio only’ YouTube video and is titled, ‘The Master of the Mystic,’ noting that it appears in the end credits. Marvel has brought Oscar Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino into its cinematic scoring fold, possibly hoping to add more ambient touches to the overall mood of the film.

Thanks to Collider for bringing this aural peek into what will be the score of Doctor Strange to my attention. This track comes to us by way of an ‘audio only’ YouTube video and is titled, ‘The Master of the Mystic,’ noting that it appears in the end credits. Marvel has brought Oscar Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino into its cinematic scoring fold, possibly hoping to add more ambient touches to the overall mood of the film.

The piece itself holds a kind of meandering, other-worldly choice of instruments, ranging from sitar and electric guitar to the bright, light chop of the harpsichord. The blend of the arrangement works well, and though I thought the intro was a little lackluster, the rest of the actual piece is really great stuff. Can’t wait to hear the rest of what’s to come, put to some incredible visuals.

While I typically love the action in Marvel films on the big screen, and the themes on their small screen Netflix offerings, sometimes I struggle to find the cohesion in the task of the composers they’ve recruited and the overall blend of the sequences. The music can get lost in the background of explosions, sound effects, and even in mixing. A lot of factors make for an outstanding score. I’m incredibly optimistic in the potential backdrop this latest composer will bring, given his extensive career in what I would consider mood-driven, esoteric composition.

Giacchino, who’s also providing the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has composed for television series such as Lost, Fringe, and Alias, to only name a few, and for more recent films, Star Trek Beyond, and Jurassic World. I know that at a certain point during  ‘Lost’s’ run, I had to take a break from the series because the score and the story together kept making me consistently cry. ‘Fringe’s’ music had me constantly on edge. But that’s the kind of effect I want music to have (either television or film) on me, without being drowned into the background by the action. Since Giacchino scored Star Trek: Into Darkness, which also starred Benedict Cumberbatch, it’ll be fun to hear whether there are any throwbacks to that broader sense of orchestral size that the big screen tends to encourage composers to take.

SOURCES: MARVEL, COLLIDER

Mads Mikkelsen on ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Roles

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about balancing his roles between the blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

In an interview with GQ, actor Mads Mikkelson of the upcoming Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story talked about the differences between his roles in the two blockbusters, what it was like to work on the enormous sets of Rogue, and even let a minor detail slip about Jyn Erso when commenting on what it was like to work with actress Felicity Jones.

Oh, it was great. I worked a few days with Felicity Jones and she is a wonderful actress. I worked with Jyn at three stages, and three different ages, so there was a little kid that was four, one that was eight, and then there was Felicity. So that was wonderful. I spent a lot of time with Ben Mendelsohn and that was hilarious. He’s a very funny man and he makes the day just fly by.

It isn’t a big deal but we now know we will see Jyn at four years old in addition to the ages seen in the trailers released thus far.

The actor described how incredible the sets were that Lucasfilm constructed for the film:

Well, it was great. Obviously it’s a gigantic set compared to the stuff I’m used to doing back in Europe, especially in Denmark. But, you make it a small, intimate set as well, in terms of the scenes. You just have to make the scene work even though you’re standing on a gigantic landing air force platform or wherever you are. Obviously it’s gigantic, but you try to make it small within the terms you’re working with.

Mikkelsen also talked about the differences between working on each production and the physicality required for his role as the villain Kaecilius in Doctor Strange:

Well, another big film, another big set – again, a gigantic set. A supreme cast as well. I had quite a different physicality: I was extremely physical in the Doctor Strange film; not so much on the Star Wars film, Rogue One. I think that might just have been the most physical film I’ve ever done. Something I would have embraced heavily when I was 16, but I had to do it when I was 50, which I loved – it’s a childhood dream to do flying Kung Fu and we did that a lot.

It’s quite the year for the actor who first broke onto the scene with his villainous role in Casino Royale. This winter will his stardom will rise to new heights as he is now part of the two most successful franchises in history. His role in Rogue ties him to the original classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope as the scientist who invented the original Death Star.

To read the full interview including his thoughts on what it means to be the new face of Ford head on over to GQ.

Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4, 2016. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story drops a month later on December 16, 2016.

SOURCE: GQ