Robert Downey Jr. Will Talk To Animals as the New Doctor Dolittle

Tomas Mccoy
March 21, 2017

The actor and MCU superstar has signed on to headline The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, in which he'll play the titular protagonist, previously portrayed on the big screen by Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy, in a new film from the director of Gold. Stephen Gaghan, who directed the acclaimed George Clooney-starring film Syriana, will helm the flick in his family and children's film debut.

The project caused a bidding war in Hollywood, with Universal beating out multiple studios to pick up the rights to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The central premise (of a human doctor who can talk to animals in their own language) remains intact.

Hollywood first adapted the property in 1967 as a musical with Rex Harrison in the lead, then in 1998 and 2001 with Murphy.

Doctor Dolittle is no stranger to the big screen. The movie was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and took home awards for Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects. The Fox film was a success and resulted in four sequels, although several went direct-to-video.

Robert Downey Jr.'s resurgent career has seen him come face to face with 19th century British criminal masterminds in Sherlock Holmes and everything from aliens to robots as Iron Man. The title of the film appears to be a variation on the title of the second Dr. Doolittle book, The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle, which was published all the way back in 1922.

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