Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr to play Doctor Dolittle

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?

From Iron Man to a doctor, Rober Downey Jr.is about to make another family film.

The Doc was created by Hugh Lofting in the 1920s in a series of children's books set in the Victorian era.

The project caused a bidding war in Hollywood, with Universal beating out multiple studios to pick up the rights to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The story was about a Doctor who elects to treat animals over humans after he finds that he has the ability to speak with them.

This is the third version of Doctor Dolittle made by Hollywood.

Who knew we needed a big-budget reboot of Doctor Dolittle?

Lofting's character was portrayed by Rex Harrison in the 1967 musical "Doctor Dolittle", which won Oscars for best original song and best visual effects. The Fox film was a success and resulted in four sequels, although several went direct-to-video. The upcoming film is to be helmed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), who won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Traffic in 2011.

Downey will next be seen reprising his signature role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the upcoming Marvel Studios/Sony tentpole Spider-Man: Homecoming, and is now in the midst of the epic year-long shoot for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War as well as its sequel.

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