Tilda Swinton is holding out for a gay superhero film

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British actress Tilda Swinton arrives on the red carpet for the film "Hail, Caesar!" screening as opening film of the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 11, 2016. Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 11 to 21, 2016. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Oscar-winning actress is set to take part in upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange. In her interview to Out magazine the star answered to those who criticised choosing her as a white woman to play a character who is Asian. “Anyone speaking up for a greater accuracy in the representation of the diversity of the world we live in has me right beside them. As someone who has worked from the beginning as an artist within a queer aesthetic, the urgency of that voice is always going to be welcome. At the same time, the film Marvel has made in which they created a part for which I was not bad casting, in actual fac—is a departure from the source material in more ways than one. Ironically, their casting is positively diverse in this case: The Ancient One in this film was never written as the bearded old Tibetan man portrayed in the comics. Baron Mordo, a Caucasian Transylvanian in the graphic novels, is here played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Benedict Wong plays a newly expanded and significant role as Wong, who in the comics is a mini-minor character. I believe in Marvel’s wholehearted commitment to creating a diverse and vibrant universe, avoiding stereotype and cliché wherever possible in a determination to keep things fresh and lively. We are also still looking forward to our first gay Marvel superhero, naturally. Let’s hope that’s only a matter of time.”

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