Trailer Thursday: Robert Downey Junior returns to the screen in ‘Dolittle’
It’s our first Trailer Thursday this year, and we think it’s fitting that our first film is Robert Downey Junior’s return to film since his exit from Iron Man.
Dolittle is a remake of the popular original film, Dr Dolittle which was first made in 1998. It starred Eddie Murphy in its titular role. Before that was the original Dr Dolittle film which was made as a musical in 1967.
The films are based on the book series of the same name by Hugh Lofting, although the film does not follow the sequence of events as the book.
Now, there is the newest version -- the 2019 remake of the film which stars Robert Downey Junior in the titular role. The film also stars Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen in live-action roles; the voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez and Marion Cotillard.
I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on #TheVoyageofDoctorDolittle. #EmmaThompson @ItsRamiMalek @octaviaspencer #RalphFiennes @kumailn @selenagomez @MrCraigRobinson @carmenejogo @TomHolland1996 #MarionCotillard @RealFDLT @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/GmfjOCqv7w
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 27, 2018
Unlike other remakes of the film, this one is set in 19th century England and directly involves Queen Victoria.
The premise of the film is: “After his wife’s death seven years before, the eccentric John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian in Victorian England, becomes a hermit, hiding himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor, with only his menagerie of animals for company.
“But when Queen Victoria (Jessie Buckley) 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 encounters 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 (@DolittleMovie) December 10, 2019
The film was originally going to be released on 24 May 2019 but its release date was pushed back to 12 April 2019 to avoid competition with The Rise of Skywalker. The film was later pushed back to January 2020.
The film is set for release tomorrow, 10 January, but will be out elsewhere on 17 January 2020.
Watch the trailer below and let us know if you’ll be watching it.