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

20 March 2017

Now that he's saved the world from evil super-villains and solved mysteries in jolly old England, what will Robert Downey Jr. do next?

The new movie is titled The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle and is "based on the character from the 1920's series of children's books by Hugh Lofting", according to THR.

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Universal won the project after what it termed "a highly competitive situation" in Hollywood. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum are producing the film for their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films, alongside Susan Downey for Team Downey. The story follows the eccentric Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who lives with and treats animals, claiming that he can communicate with them.

The film will be called The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle, and though it almost shares a title with one particular 1922 Lofting book, exact plot details are still under wraps. The Fox film was a success and resulted in four sequels, although several went direct-to-video. The book The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle found the Doctor training a young assistant, Tommy Stubbins, and setting off on an adventure to Spider Monkey Island to rescue his kidnapped friend, Long Arrow.

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Stephen Gaghan, who most recently directed Matthew McConaughey's "Gold", will helm the film from his own screenplay.

Downey has starred in the Iron Man, Avengers, and Sherlock Holmes franchises, along with "Tropic Thunder" and "The Judge".

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