Doctor Dolittle will be getting some more company on his next adventure. Variety is reporting that actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Moulin Rouge) has been cast in Universal's The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
It was previously announced that Robert Downey Jr. would be playing the titular role, and Harry Collett (Dunkirk) is also attached to co-star.
The film is based on the 1920s series of children's novels by Hugh Lofting, which tell the story of an eccentric doctor who treats animals after discovering he has the ability to speak to them. The character had previously been portrayed by Rex Harrison in Doctor Dolittle and by Eddie Murphy in Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2.
Currently, Broadbent's role in the film has not yet been confirmed.
Stephen Gaghan will direct the film from the screenplay he wrote, based on an earlier draft from Tom Shepherd. Executive VP Jon Mone and creative executive Lexi Barta are overseeing production for Universal Pictures.
Broadbent, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Iris, most recently made an appearance on HBO's Game of Thrones as Archmaester Ebrose. His next feature film appearance will be in the upcoming Paddington 2.