While there has been some controversy and calls of ‘whitewashing’ over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” film, there’s been little discussion about one of the key supporting roles in the film with an actual Asian actor in the role – the character of Wong which is played by Benedict Wong.
In the comics, Wong is both Strange’s valet and a master martial artist. Speaking to Den of Geek this week, the actor talked about how the big-screen version of the character is quite different from the comic version:
“I’m certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We’re heading in a different direction. He’s more of a drill sergeant. There isn’t any martial arts for Wong in Doctor Strange actually, he’s more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He’s one of the masters of sorcery.”
In the comics, Kamar-Taj is a secluded community in the Himalayans that is home to sorcerers and mystics. Despite the one trailer and numerous set photos so far, Wong’s role has remained under wraps for now.
Wong also confirmed he’s joined the cast of “Ex Machina” director Alex Garland’s new sci-fi film “Annihilation”. Based on the Jeff VanderMeer, the story follows four women (Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Gina Rodriguez) on an expedition into a mysterious zone. Filming is now underway.