Robert Downey Jr. Adds New 'Doctor Dolittle' Movie To His To-Do List

Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle

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.

Robert Downey trading Avengers for animals, and taking on the beloved children's book character in a new film called The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

Universal won the rights for the film after interest from numerous studios, including 20th Century Fox (which made the original Rex Harrison film) and Sony, per Deadline.

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Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will produce for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey. The story was about a Doctor who elects to treat animals over humans after he finds that he has the ability to speak with them.

Doctor Dolittle first hit the bit screen in the 1967 musical Doctor Dolittle, directed by Richard Fleischer. The property has spawned several films before it. Gaghan is an accomplished screenwriter, having won an Oscar for writing Stephen Soderbergh's Traffic, and most recently directed the Matthew McConaughey-starring Gold.

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'll be seen next in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" as Iron Man.

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