Robert Downey, Jr. Set to Star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey, Jr. Set to Star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Though the past decade or so of his career has been spent teaming up with the likes of Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and more in order to protect Earth from all kinds of different threats, Robert Downey Jr. still finds time for non-Marvel projects.

Downey Jr. will play the titular character in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, which Universal Pictures just picked up after a competitive bidding war (via The Hollywood Reporter).

The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle is the title of the newest iteration of the story (fourth movie, third iteration overall), following Rex Harrison's 1967 original and Eddie Murphy's 1998 remake and 2001 sequel. 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.

There are no details on what the plot of the new movie could be beyond Dolittle talking to animals, but Gaghan is a surprising choice.

According to multiple reports, several studios were in the mix to acquire this project but there's no word on what makes it special, other than the obvious: Downey is a huge name and a family-themed film with him in the lead certainly has financial potential.

RDJ has focused primarily on his role as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes in recent years. The upcoming film is to be helmed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Traffic in 2011.

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