Robert Downey Jr. is officially on board to star as Dr. Doolittle

20 March, 2017, 23:25 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Universal has landed the rights to the project that Stephen Gaghan wrote and will direct

In The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, the Iron Man star will follow in the footsteps of Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy in the role of a physician who lives with a variety of animals that he's able to talk to. For his next cinematic adventure, the actor will share the screen with a whole ecosystem's worth of wildlife, as he's signed on to star in a new version of Doctor Dolittle.

The project caused a bidding war in Hollywood, with Universal beating out multiple studios to pick up the rights to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stephen Gaghan, director of famed family fare like Gold and Syriana, is set to write and direct.

The 1967 film, which was a musical, was not well received at the time, but was nominated for an Oscar for best picture and won for best original song and visual effects.

Downey will next be seen in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as Avengers: Infinity War the following year.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle does not now have a release date.

He has also written the screenplay, after winning a Best Screenplay Oscar for Traffic.

Sherlock Holmes \/em movie has been announced starring Downey Jr., but little is known about the film's status other than the intention to make the movie. 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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