Robert Downey Jr has a new project about to get under way – and we will see how well he can talk to the animals. Downey is set to star in the new Doctor Dolittle project, previously reported as The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, and Universal Pictures have already slotted in a release date of May 24th, 2019 even though production has yet to begin.
In what the studio has called a sweeping adventure, this classic story is about a physician who discovers he can actually communicate with animals. The story is based on books from the 1920s by Hugh Lofting and centres around Dr John Dolittle and his remarkable ability.
The original film adaptation was made in 1967 and was a musical starring Rex Harrison. Eddie Murphy also played the role in his 1998 film. We can be sure that Downey will bring his own brand of iconic humour and pathos to the role.
The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle will be directed by Stephen Gaghan, who is most notably known for the 2000 film Traffic. Gaghan also wrote the script with an early draft being penned by Tom Shepherd.
Susan Downey will produce the production alongside Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth.
Given the production has just been given the green light, we have no other details on who else is to be cast, but we can be sure there will be a good swag of CGI as the animals are made to talk.
Downey however won’t be seen out of his Iron Man suit any time soon as he is due to appear on screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming being released world-wide on July 7th this year, and again in Infinity Wars in 2018. We assume we won’t see him in the November release Thor: Ragnarok, but you never can tell with a Marvel film. They do like surprises.