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

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

Robert Downey Jr. is trading in his "Iron Man" suit to talk to animals.

The Doc was created by Hugh Lofting in the 1920s in a series of children's books set in the Victorian era.

Universal won the project after what it termed "a highly competitive situation" in Hollywood.

Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey.

This is the third version of Doctor Dolittle made by Hollywood. The eccentric Dr. Dolittle treats animals and claims to be able to communicate with them.

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. The original arrived in 1967 starring Rex Harrison, but most of us remember the 1998 installment starring Eddie Murphy. That film spawned four sequels, though the latter three did not star Murphy and were released straight-to-video. He also wrote and directed Syriana, and most recently wrote and director Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey.

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 will reprise the role in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War.

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