Robert Downey Jr. Set to Talk to Animals as 'Doctor Dolittle'

Evidently jealous of his friends in The Avengers who actually have superpowers, Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star in The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle, a reboot of the classic character created by author Hugh Lofting in the 1920s.

According to multiple reports, several studios were in the mix to acquire this project but there's no word on what makes it special, other than the obvious: Downey is a huge name and a family-themed film with him in the lead certainly has financial potential.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will come from Oscar-winning bert writer/director Stephen Gaghan, whose credits include serious fare like Syriana, Gold, Traffic and Rules of Engagement.

The film will be called The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, and though it almost shares a title with one particular 1922 Lofting book, exact plot details are still under wraps.

Lofting's character was portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical "Doctor Dolittle", which won Oscars for best original song and best visual effects.

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. Shepherd is represented by WME, Think Tank management, and Jackoway/Tyerman.

CAA packaged the deal and represents Gaghan, Downey, and Roth/Kirschenbaum.

  • Carolyn Briggs