Robert Downey Jr. To Star As Doctor Dolittle

Crowd favourite Robert Downey Jr. is looking to be taking on a role a little different than the high-flying superhero we all know him as, with the news that he will be playing the lead role as the famous Dr. Dolittle.

Before you start moaning that they shouldn't remake this movie because Eddie Murphy was so good in 'the original' movies, you should first realise that the original Dr Dolittle film was actually in 1967, the titular doctor played by Rex Harrison. So, to everyone who won't bother reading this and will complain on Facebook about Eddie Murphy being 'the original' Dr Dolittle; shame on you.

But, to you clever readers we can tell you that this venture by Universal will be coming from director Stephen Gaghan (writer of TrafficSyriana and director of Gold) for the film The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle with Robert Downey Jr. in the leading role and from a script initially penned by Tom Shepherd. 

The story will follow Downey Jr.'s Dr Dolittle, the doctor who can speak with animals, who does exactly as the title suggests and goes on a voyage. It's based on the second book in the Doctor Dolittle novel series, written by Hugh Lofting in the 1920's and will be the same novel that the original 1967 movie was based on.

It's early days yet and Downey Jr. is still busy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but we'll be sure to keep you posted when we get some release dates for this.