Robert Downey Jr. will put himself in the shoes of Doctor Dolittle, the doctor able to talk to animals, in the movie «The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,» the Hollywood Reporter reported Monday.
This is the first role in Downey Jr. years beyond the cinematic universe of Marvel, in which he plays the character of Iron Man in the different interconnected films of this saga.
In 2014, the artist premiered «Chef» and «The Judge», the last feature films in which he acted that were not related to Marvel.
The Universal studio will take care of «The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle», a film that will direct Stephen Gaghan («Gold», 2016) from a script of his based on a draft of Tom Shepherd.
The character of Doctor Dolittle was created in the 1920s by writer Hugh Lofting to star in a series of children’s books.
The first version for the big screen of the doctor who could communicate with the animals arrived in 1967 with the musical «Doctor Dolittle», which won two Oscars for the best original song and the best special effects.
However, the most popular adaptation was the one headed by Eddie Murphy in 1998, which under the title «Doctor Dolittle» grossed nearly $ 300 million in box offices worldwide, according to the specialized website Box Office Mojo.
The performer also starred in the sequel «Dr. Dolittle 2» in 2001.
Robert Downey Jr., also known for his work on the Sherlock Holmes films directed by Guy Ritchie, will participate this year as Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the new Spider-Man movie that will lead Tom Holland.