By now you guys already know I'm a huge Doctor Strange fan, have been since I was a wee little tyke. He's been my avatar on Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Disqus, Pinterest, and about every other social media website I've been a part of, even GetGlue.
I was a little worried when I heard Benedict Cumberbatch was going to be playing him in the movie, the movie I've been waiting for my whole life. They released the first trailer on the 12th, and now that I've seen the trailer, it's not his casting that has my concerned. I'm still not sure what I think of him, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt still. Instead it's the casting choice of the Ancient One that I'm overly confused by.
What I'm puzzled by, is the casting of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. It's not the idea of this character becoming a woman that bothers me, though I do think it's a rather odd choice to begin with. Rather, it's changing the character from a really old Asian guy, into a bald white woman, that I find to be perplexing. I get changing the race of a character to make a movie more diverse, I don't get changing a minority character into a white character though. I really don't get changing a character who is supposed to teach Doctor Strange the mysteries of Asian mysticism, to someone who isn't Asian. Makes no sense.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still super excited for this movie, and it will be one that I will see on opening day. To put things in perspective, I have never felt that I HAVE to see a movie on opening day. I'm just hoping the casting doesn't distract me from what I'm hoping will be a terrific origin story.