Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle in new film

Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle in new film

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.

Doctor Dolittle is no stranger to the big screen. So it's not too much of a surprise that Downey is set to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle where he'll play the eponymous physician who can communicate with animals.

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Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey's "Gold", will helm the film from his own screenplay.

Universal won the project after what it termed "a highly competitive situation" in Hollywood. The story was about a Doctor who elects to treat animals over humans after he finds that he has the ability to speak with them. That film spawned four sequels, though the latter three did not star Murphy and were released straight-to-video. And now, thanks to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, it appears we've found out what Downey Jr. and his production company have in-store for us.

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Downey will next be seen reprising his signature role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming Marvel Studios/Sony tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is now in the midst of the epic year-long shoot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War as well as its sequel. He's repped by CAA. Additionally, Gaghan and Downey are repped by Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller; and Roth/Kirschenbaum by Ziffren Brittenham.

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