From egotistical flying superhero to animal whisperer – is there nothing Robert Downey Jr. cannot do? Yes, that’s right the Iron Man stalwart is hanging up the lycra to take on the part of the beloved Doctor Dolittle in the upcoming The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
You’ve guessed it; it’s yet another reboot which Universal has gotten their mitts on. Doctor Dolittle is the age old story of a Doctor who can talk to the animals. It saw its first adaption from Hugh Lofting’s series of books, which were published nearly a century ago, back in 1967 as a musical with Rex Harrison as Dolittle and also starred Richard Attenborough. For younger audiences, you may be more familiar with Eddie Murphy’s venture back in the 1998 remake which subsequently saw a sequel released in 2001.
Having Downey Jr. attached before the bidding even took place would have almost certainly doubled its price at the bidding table. The slightly off the wall actor is much loved by adults and children alike making him the perfect choice to front a family-themed project guaranteeing a huge amount of bums on seats and bulging box office receipts.
Looking like this won’t hit cinemas until at least 2019 we will just have to buckle up for the ride and keep everything crossed that this reboot will be worth our hard earned cash.