Robert Downey Jr. is set to cast aside his Iron Man suit for Doctor Dolittle's coat.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Marvel actor will star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, to be directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana, Gold) from the screenplay he wrote, based on an early draft by Tom Shepherd. Universal Pictures nabbed the awesome package deal after multiple bids by other major studios last week.
The film is based on a series of children’s fantasy books penned by Hugh Lofting in the 1920s centering on an eccentric physician who is able to speak to animals. A musical starring My Fair Lady's Rex Harrison in the titular role was released back in 1967 (I have some rather fond memories of that movie, which featured a giant sea snail). It received a Best Picture Oscar nomination and went on to win two Academy Awards: one for Best Song and the other for Best Special Effects.
Eddie Murphy took on the role for a more comedic spin in 1998's Dr. Dolittle and its 2001 sequel, Dr. Dolittle 2. Hopefully, this new version will have a bit more fantasy to it (again GIANT SEA SNAIL). No news as to when The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will film yet (early days and all that), or when Universal plans on releasing it.
Downey will reprise his iconic role of Tony Stark in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7) and is currently busy filming the Russo Brothers' next two Avengers films. He's also set to reprise the role of the Great Detective in a third Sherlock Holmes movie.
What do you think of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle as another star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr.?