“Downey is Dolittle.”
That’s the message at the heart of the first trailer for “Dolittle”, a new take on the beloved tale stars Robert Downey Jr. as a quirky physician who discovers he can communicate with animals, understanding everything they’re saying to him.
“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,” reads the film’s official synopsis.
“The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice 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 (Kumail Nanjiani, ‘The Big Sick’) 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,” the synopsis adds.
Last year, Downey tweeted an announcement heralding the film’s talented voice cast, which also includes his “Avengers: Endgame” co-star Tom Holland (Dog), Rami Malek (Gorilla), Selana Gomez (Giraffe), Craig Robinson (Mouse), Marion Cotillard (Fox) and Ralph Fiennes (Tiger), while other stars include Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent.
Look for “Dolittle” in theatres on Jan. 17, 2020.