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Robert Downey Jr. To Star In The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to Universal Pictures' The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle where he will play the titular doctor.

Based on the 1920s character by Hugh Lofting, the film was written by Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana," "Gold") from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

Universal acquired the rights to the project after it garnered multiple bids from rival studios.

The story follows Doctor John Dolittle, a former physician who tends to animals, claiming he can communicate with them.

Doctor Dolittle's first big screen adaptation hit theaters in 1967 with the musical Doctor Dolittle starring Rex Harrison based on Lofting's children novel's The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, and Doctor Dolittle's Circus. Though not well received by critics at the time, the film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Pictures, and won two for Best VFX and Original Song.

In 1998, Eddie Murphy starred in a new Dolittle movie, reprising his role a few years later in the sequel.
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