We all know about Rex Harrison talking to the animals in 1967 Doctor Dolittle, it’s time for Iron Man to try it. Early next year Dolittle will be in cinemas when Robert Downey Jr takes on the iconic role. Don’t expect all dancing, all singing, this one is all adventure, comedy and CGI.
Universal Pictures has released a fun little Featurette called ‘Animal Auditions’. The title of the promo says it all, as Robert Downey Jr simply auditions all the animal cast…
Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.
But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.
Dolittle will be ‘talking’ to you in UK and Irish cinemas from February 2020.