Back in 2003, a film adaptation of the classic children’s fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was released in theaters. Upon my first of many viewings, I became suddenly enchanted with a luscious, tall, lanky, mysterious creature who inhabited the role of said witch. The being possessed eyes that were piercing like Medusa’s, a voice that was frightening and charming in every way, and a confidence that was hard to match. From then on, I would come to learn the name of this individual, and it would haunt my film nerd dreams for what seems like an eternity. Who could this be? Tilda Swinton, of course.
The reason for this article’s existence in the first place is due to some recent casting news, in which Swinton will be possibly playing a key figure in Marvel’s Doctor Strange film, set to be released in 2017. Apparently, Tilda will be cast as The Ancient, a character who was male in the original comics, marking the first time the MCU will have changed a character’s gender for a film adaptation. Though some have cried in fandom anger over this decision, I would like to take a moment to express why indeed this is one of the best possible casting announcements to happen in recent history, if it comes to fruition.
Tilda’s Androgyny Alien Powers
I believe, in the deepest reaches of space, there is a planet where a race of beautiful, genderless aliens reside. Their skin is flawless, their hair is unmatched, and they age more gracefully than any other species. Every few years, this planet drops down representatives to Earth, but disguises them as all powerful celebrities. One such example of said group is Tilda herself.
All joking side, Swinton has the unique ability to be beautiful in both the feminine and masculine sense of the word. She is one of the queens/kings of androgyny, showing that anyone, regardless of gender, can be stunning in their own special way. That kind of fierce, bold confidence in both Tilda’s fashion sense and overall attitude make her a true hero to anyone looking to take the next step in their own personal style.
And in case you wanted proof of the alien species I mentioned above, look at this picture below of Tilda with the master of said race, David Bowie (#justkidding #superflawless) :
Chameleon Powers – Go!
Aside from being a genderless hottie, Tilda is also known within the cinephile community for her ability to take on just about any role that’s thrown her way. From last year’s Snowpiercer, to her Oscar winning performance in Michael Clayton, Swinton knows how to slip into the skin of her character like a pro. She is willing to take any risk or jump over any hurdle to put in a good performance, even dawn tons of make up in the process, which can be seen in recent indie hit, The Grand Budapest Hotel, where Swinton played an 80 year old millionaire flawlessly. No matter what role you give her, Tilda is gonna rock it, no question.
Tilda is a Team Player
One of the fundamental rules of being cast in any of Marvel’s movie is that you must be a team player. Some of you might be scratching your head as to what that even means. Well, if you are at all a fan of the MCU, you might have noticed that the press junket is a group effort by the talent involved. From Comic Con appearances to group interviews on Jimmy Kimmel, there is a lot to commit to. Unfortunately, some actors that are offered rules within Marvel’s cinematic catalog can’t stomach this amount of media coverage, hence why “prestige talent” like Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of playing the title role in Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch taking over.
Tilda though, on the other hand, is absolutely a team player. She’s willing to do all the press events, all the interviews, photo shoots, and all the while with a smile on her face. Probably the best example of that is the countless events she had to attend to promote Only Lovers Left Alive. The film co-starred Marvel favorite Tom Hiddleston, and during the press events, Tilda and Tom would present themselves as the charming indie on-screen couple the internet has fallen in love with. Ultimate team player awesomeness? Heck yes.
Tilda is a Chemistry Major
Yeah, if you can hear the winking in that title, than you know what I mean. Tilda Swinton is known for her excellent chemistry among her fellow actors, particularly in Only Lovers Left Alive, where her and Tom Hiddleston play vampire boyfriend girlfriend, Adam and Eve. The two of them are completely believable as lovers, and you never question their attraction to each other. Tilda has similar chemistry when she plays baddies too, especially in the Narnia movies. I’m sure this’ll come into play with Doctor Strange as well, since The Ancient is a role that demands such dynamic back and forth with the lead.
Tilda Got Inspired By a Donkey
For a final point to make, watch this clip of Tilda, and try not to fall madly in love with her. Just. Try.
All I have to say is this: Tilda Swinton, you are one of my heroes. Sometimes you don’t make any sense, but that’s totally fine. Sometimes you make all the sense, which is even better. You’re beautiful in so many different ways, and you inspire me, just like that Donkey inspired you. You are different, and never stop being that. We need more people like you in this world, and hopefully you’ll continue to prove that to the world as the years go by. Always be yourself, Tilda. Never stop.
So, what do you think of Tilda Swinton’s possible casting? Are you excited or hating this idea? Are you a Swinton fan? What is your favorite movie starring this beauty? Comment below with your thoughts!