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

March 20, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Robert Downey Jr. is set to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. THR reports that the star is set to play the famed character in a new film based on the 1920s children books by Hugh Lofting. Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) will direct the film from a script he wrote, which was based on a previous draft by Tom Shepherd. Universal won a bidding war last week to get the rights to the film.

Doctor Dolittle is set up as a family adventure and will center on the character who can talk to animals. The property was previously adapted into a 1967 musical featuring Rex Harrison as well as a 1998 comedy (and sequel) starring Eddie Murphy in the role.