Robert Downey Jr. is the new Dr. Dolittle!
October 15, 2019 Franchesca Rivera
Say goodbye to whatever you know about Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle! Because this 2020 Robert Downey Jr. is the new Dr. Dolittle!
That’s right, after tearfully ending his role as Iron Man in ‘Avengers: Endgame’, Robert Downey Jr. is back with a new film coming this January 2020! Because Robert Downey Jr. is the new Dr. Dolittle! According to the official trailer:
“Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.”
So it will be nothing like Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle at all! You can watch the trailer right here:
It’s not going to be a slap-stick comedy
Unlike the classic 1998 film ‘Dr. Dolittle’ that starred Eddie Murphy, it looks like Robert Downey Jr.’s take on Dr. Dolittle is far from a comedy. If we’re solely basing on the trailer, it feels like ‘Dolittle’ will be more of a whimsical adventure film. I’m sure there’s bound to be some comedy and a few hi-jinks here and there, it is a movie on talking animals after all. But it’s not set in modern times, like Eddie Murphy’s Dr. Dolittle, where he plays as a Veterinarian in an unhappy marriage.
It is in fact, going to be based on the 1920 original book by Hugh John Lofting, ‘The Story of Doctor Dolittle’. Because just like the original book, the animals that we’ll see in the film are of the same name.
I don’t know what to feel about RDJ’s accent
It looks like ‘Dolittle’ is going to be one epic film since it’s from the creators of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Maleficent‘. But, although little, we caught Robert Downey Jr.’s accent in the trailer and we just don’t know how we feel about it. At exactly 0:46 of the trailer RDJ says:
“We have no choice but to embark on this perilous journey.”
And it sounds like it’s a mix of old-English and Irish, with a touch of pirate somewhere. Plus he’s talking in a hushed and husky voice, what’s with that? It’s definitely a far-cry from his eloquent and snarky delivery as Tony Stark. As well as his performance in Sherlock Holmes. So maybe it’ll grow on us. But as an initial thing, we don’t like it.
What are your initial thoughts on Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. Dolittle? Will you be waiting when it comes to theaters on January 2020? We’d love to hear what you think! So share with us your thoughts in the comments down below! Or hit us up on our Facebook or Twitter @UDoUPh.