Actor Robert Downey Jr. may no longer be with the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that won’t stop him from appearing on the big screen any time soon. Robert Downey Jr. is currently attached to an all-new interpretation of the Doctor Dolittle franchise. The new film, previously titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, has now been simply labeled Dolittle. Check out the new Dolittle trailer and poster down below!
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Let’s hope that the film does justice to the Dolittle franchise. After all, the most recent adaptations which featured Eddie Murphy and Kyla Pratt didn’t follow the books at all except for the core concept of doctors talking to animals. The new movie has the potential to more appropriately adapt the original stories.
The Doctor Dolittle series before this upcoming reboot previously lasted for five films. Eddie Murphy portrayed the title role for the first two films. It was then actress Kyla Pratt who took over for the next three films where she played his character’s daughter. Of course, there was also a 1967 stand-alone film adaptation before those.
In the new film…
“A former doctor turns to treating animals because of his love for all creatures. When Doctor Dolittle discovers he can communicate with the animals, he embarks on a fantastical adventure.”
Aside from actor Robert Downey Jr., the film also stars Tom Holland, Jim Broadbent, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Craig Robinson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen.
The new reboot is directed by Stephen Gaghan.
Dolittle was originally announced for an April 12, 2019 release date, but was pushed back and will instead hit theaters on January 17, 2020.
What did you think of the new Dolittle trailer? Are you excited to see Robert Downey Jr. star in the film? Let us know in the comments section down below!