With the iconic role of Iron Man behind him, Robert Downey Jr. is moving on to another popular character from literary fiction, the wonderful Dr. Dolittle. Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan directed the adaptation for the studio, which is hitting theaters on January 17th. The film was going by the title “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” but the studio shortened it to “Dolittle” just before the trailer was released.
The official description reads, “After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.”
In the story, Dolittle heads off with his self-appointed apprentice (Harry Collett) and his loyal animal friends. His entourage includes an anxious gorilla (Oscar winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar winner Octavia Spencer), a cynical ostrich (Kumail Nanjiani), an upbeat polar bear (John Cena,) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar winner Emma Thompson).
The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent. Other voice performances include Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.
“Dolittle” is produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films and Susan Downey for Team Downey. The film is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw, and Zachary Roth.
The studio released the trailer on social media, adding, “He’s just not a people person.”
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