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post #1 of 1077
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So, we have our Doctor Strange....

 

 

...and now, according to Latino Review, the search is on for Strange's mentor, The Ancient One, who resides in Tibet and is also responsible for the creation of his nemesis Baron Mondo. Apparently, the search has narrowed to three very UN-Tibetan actors:

 

 

Of these three, I'd probably prefer Ken Watanabe, personally. Morgan Freeman can play this sort of role in his sleep and, though I like Nighy, Watanabe just fits the role of a five hundred year old sorcerer much better in my mind.

post #2 of 1077
It's stating the obvious to say that any of the three could deliver the necessary gravitas to the role, of course. It'd be fascinating to me to see Nighy in the role of a hero's mentor, instead of the villain roles he typically gets in genre films. If these are the final three, though, it's got to be Watanabe.
post #3 of 1077
"a five hundred year old sorcerer "...

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post #4 of 1077
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Yeah, someone give James Hong a call!

post #5 of 1077
Strange: "WTF my hands FML #whitepeopleproblems"

Ancient One: "ROFLMAO I just do eyes"
post #6 of 1077

James Wong is so perfect it honestly baffles me that they would go for anyone else.

post #7 of 1077

My one regret is that Mako did not survive to be part of this fan casting.

post #8 of 1077
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My one regret is that Mako did not survive to be part of this fan casting.

 

As well as the supposed King Conan movie we might be getting! But, yeah, Mako would have been awesome in the role. 

post #9 of 1077
Don't worry guys we'll get another 9 actors rumoured for this role before we know it.
post #10 of 1077

Could James Hong be out of the running because he is 85 years old?  Yeah, yeah, I know, "Christopher Lee was 90 when he released his death metal Christmas albumn"  But Hong's recent work is small cameo types, voice work, or RIPD, which even he only did for the money.

 

In my mind, the Ancient One is Hong, but can the man do the role?

post #11 of 1077
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Let's face it; who better to play someone called The Ancient One than a guy who's 85 years old? 

post #12 of 1077

Hong for the Ancient One, or send the producers to the Hell Where People Are Skinned Alive!

post #13 of 1077

Honestly, it's not a particularly demanding role to play.  He has to show up, do some mystic gestures, take part in a training montage before getting killed by Baron Mordo and allowing Strange to become Sorceror Supreme.

 

Hong could do that in his sleep.  

 

But if you absolutely HAVE to go younger...maybe Chow Yun Fat?

post #14 of 1077
If you can make Hayley Atwell look 90 you can make anyone look 90
post #15 of 1077

Too bad Ken Takakura died.  He'd have been perfect.

post #16 of 1077
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Unsurprisingly, Marvel has pushed its way into the We Wanna Hire Chiwetel Ejiofor queue that's been forming recently (Sony was quite close to the front of the line but had to leave quickly when they got a phonecall about an IT issue back at their headquarters). THR says it's a "leading role" and probably isn't the villain.

 

Will Ejiofor want to join the likes of Djimon Hounsou and Adewale Akinnuoye-Abaje by playing Marvel's famous "Let's Squander A Great Black Actor" game? (You can see Michael K Williams play it here)?

 

Do we really need any more Brits in this movie?

 

Will this movie eventually eclipse Hellraiser: Inferno as Scott Derrickson's finest hour?

 

Why am I phrasing everything like a question now?

post #17 of 1077

Leading role you say...?

 

post #18 of 1077
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No way! You think he's going to be that guy?

 

Wow!

 

Just... wow.

 

I hope you're right!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have no idea who that guy is.

post #19 of 1077

Apparently called Dr VooDoo.

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post #21 of 1077
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Seems pretty cool.

post #22 of 1077
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Apparently called Dr VooDoo.
That name is amazeballs
post #23 of 1077
Eijiofor should have been Strange. He's be a great Mordo.
post #24 of 1077
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Leading role you say...?

 

 

That....would be beyond words.  Marvel HAS worked hard to try to bump up Jericho's profile in the comics these past few years.  It seems a long shot but there aren't many that would fit the criteria if the "main role, not a villain" thing is legit.  Setting up Jericho as Strange's ally/buddy ala Tony/Rhodey would probably make a bit of sense.

 

As long as it isn't Wong (Because the context of making him Strange's "manservant" is...yeah), or a one-shot villain, I'd be reasonably happy. 

 

At least it isn't Man-Ape.

 

Though I suppose there's the offhand chance we could be seeing Blade return to the big screen.

post #25 of 1077
Is it me, or does Dr Voodoo resemble Spawn? Vice versa
post #26 of 1077
What are the odds we ever see Man Ape?
post #27 of 1077
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You mean Tom Selleck? Dude's pretty hairy after all.  I don't think he'll appear in any Marvel movies, to be honest.

post #28 of 1077
Benzedrine Soulpatch is doing it wrong. You're supposed to do your sellout popcorn movie *after* you've won the Oscar.
post #29 of 1077
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What are the odds we ever see Man Ape?

 

Given that they're trying to make a Black Panther franchise...pretty good, actually.

post #30 of 1077
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What are the odds we ever see Man Ape?
Robin Williams passed away. Too soon. frown.gif
post #31 of 1077
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Is it me, or does Dr Voodoo resemble Spawn? Vice versa

 

I thought he was Brother VooDoo. Guess he went to VooDoo medical school.

post #32 of 1077
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I thought he was Brother VooDoo. Guess he went to VooDoo medical school.
Rival of Doctor Who-doo

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post #33 of 1077
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I thought he was Brother VooDoo. Guess he went to VooDoo medical school.

 

He was originally Brother Voodoo but after Strange loses the power of being the Sorceror Supreme in the funny books it passes to Drumm and he becomes Doctor Voodoo as a homage to Strange.

 

It's why I think he might be the character rumoured since he's the only one so far to actually inherit the title from Strange.

post #34 of 1077
So his PHD is honorary. He's no Heathcliff Huxtable.
post #35 of 1077
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Tilda Swinton just got cast as the Ancient One! Much more interesting than the likes of Morgan Freeman.

 

EDIT: Link to the front page article.

post #36 of 1077

I don't know who the Ancient One is, or anything really about Dr. Strange beyond his name and occupation, but it suddenly seems unfathomable that anyone even considered making this movie without including Tilda Swinton somehow.

post #37 of 1077
First Gabriel in DC's Constantine. Even for the MU, she's gotta be a powerful being.

Win for casting a woman, but lose for the white-washing of a Tibetan?
post #38 of 1077
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Win for casting a woman, but lose for the white-washing of a Tibetan?

 

Yeah, on one hand I find myself thinking "Well, that was a role that really should have gone to an Asian actor" but, on the other, I find myself thinking "Tilda Swinton is awesome and improves everything she appears in".......

post #39 of 1077
This is one of those things were if you cast an Asian they would be relegated to the usual "ancient Asian wise man" type of role and it would be met with think pieces a plenty. Marvel doesn't have a whole lot of Asian characters do they?

Either way, this is awesome news.
post #40 of 1077
Remo Williams, armed with only his fists and wit, scoffs at your thinkpieces.

I certainly hope an Asian guy trains Danny Rand. I don't need Iron Fist learning his moves from a book like the Bay-turtles.
post #41 of 1077

So...Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Baron Mordo.

 

Awesome.  This movie is amassing one hell of a cast.

post #42 of 1077
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Yup. It now has two actors I very much like in it. I wish I was more fond of the lead casting but if they keep surrounding Benny Cumberpatch with actors like this, my anticipation for this particular movie is going to be a lot higher than when it was originally announced. 

post #43 of 1077
The script must be decent if these two actors are signed on and Phoenix was this close to being involved.
post #44 of 1077
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The script must be decent if these two actors are signed on and Phoenix was this close to being involved.

 

Yeah, I'm thinking that too. 

post #45 of 1077
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The script must be decent if these two actors are signed on and Phoenix was this close to being involved.

Maybe, but Ejiofor did 2012 and Swinton did the Narnia movie(s). Their track records are pretty solid, otherwise, but it probably bears mentioning that they both have picked some bad projects in the past.

post #46 of 1077
There's a lot of Barons in the Marvel U.
post #47 of 1077
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Maybe, but Ejiofor did 2012 and Swinton did the Narnia movie(s). Their track records are pretty solid, otherwise, but it probably bears mentioning that they both have picked some bad projects in the past.

That's a valid point. I was suggesting that 2, almost all 3, couldn't possibly make a bad decision at the same time.
post #48 of 1077
Tilda talks about Strange. Hadn't heard about Idris' frustration on Thor. Glad to see it's not a typical ending for Dr S (we'll see I guess).

http://screencrush.com/tilda-swinton-doctor-strange-interview
post #49 of 1077
Thread Starter 

I hadn't heard of Idris' frustration either, although I imagine most actors probably feel the same way when it comes to the Hollywood machine. Between hanging in front of a green-screen with a fake sword for hours, and striding through an African village delivering Nelson Mandela's dialogue and interacting directly with other actors, I'm sure most would prefer to hone their craft with the latter. 

post #50 of 1077

Let's see how many invites to comic conventions in Milton Keynes A Long Walk to Freedom gets him in twenty years time! That harness scene was as good as a damn pension, right there. :)

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