Looks like Marvel fan favorite Robert Downey Jr. is trading in one set of superpowers for a different kind of special powers.
Downey Jr. has been cast as everyone’s favorite vet, Doctor Dolittle, in the upcoming film, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which is a part of the 1920s series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. Downey Jr will be the third person who has portrayed the famous doctor on the big screen, following the footsteps of Eddie Murphy and Rex Harrison.
Doctor Dolittle first hit the big screen with Harrison’s version back in 1967, which was a musical version of the character. For those needing a refresher, the story is about the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.
Following Harrison’s version was Murphy’s take, which was more on the comedic side. That version hit theaters in 1998 and went onto be a box office success.
It is not known at this time whether Downey Jr.’s take on Dolittle will be the musical kind, though if it ends up going the musical route, Downey Jr. definitely has what it takes to be a musical doctor (see his performance in Chaplin and Heart and Souls). Here’s hoping that this leads to a new franchise of sorts for Downey Jr. as he never fails to deliver one heck of a performance.
Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Gold) will direct the film based on a script he wrote, with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.
Downey Jr. is currently working on what could be his last performance as billionaire inventor Tony Stark, otherwise known as Iron Man, for the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War. You can catch him though this summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will hit theaters everywhere in July.
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