Robert Downey Jr. to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Jay Jacobs
March 21, 2017

The new movie is titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle and is "based on the character from the 1920's series of children's books by Hugh Lofting", according to THR.

Robert Downey, Jr. has been cast in the upcoming Universal film, "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle", which will be based on the classic character who can talk to animals. The story follows the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.

While we sit here and attempt to process all of the information we just received into our minds, we'll do our best to let you know that a release date for The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle has not been announced and no other details have been made available. The material was previously used for the expensive 1967 musical flop Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison, as well as the looser contemporary 1998 remake starring Eddie Murphy, which spawned a 2001 sequel Doctor Dolittle 2, as well as several direct-to-video follow-ups starring Kyla Pratt.

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For the second time, Hollywood is rebooting Doctor Dolittle with one of its biggest stars of the moment.

Downey has starred in the Iron Man, Avengers, and Sherlock Holmes franchises, along with "Tropic Thunder" and "The Judge". Gaghan is an accomplished screenwriter, having won an Oscar for writing Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic, and most recently directed the Matthew McConaughey-starring Gold.

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