The first look poster of Robert Downey Jr’s forthcoming film, Dolittle, was released recently. Eddie Murphy’s slapstick fun with sarcastic animals has formally gone the way of Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel tenure.
While fans are used to viewing the actor accompanied by a team of superheroes in Marvel films, the poster features Downey Jr with many furry animals all around him.
Set to an eerie cover of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” the trailer saves little expense with its computer-generated animals and exploits but contrarily keeps the creatures principally mute.
In their place, Robert Downey Jr.’s take on the 1920 children-book character travels to exotic landscapes to confront the mysterious Rassouli, avoiding cannon fire and narrating an anxious gorilla (voiced by Rami Malek) that it is okay to be scared.
The ‘Ironman’ actor will be accompanied by Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Marion Cotillard, and other seasoned actors like Jim Broadbent, Emma Thompson, Michael Sheen, Ralph Fiennes and Antonio Banderas in the film.
The cast also includes wrestler John Cena, The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland, Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek, and singer Selena Gomez.
The film is billed as a rich reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals. The project is based on the 1920s tales by Lofting, which follows a peculiar doctor, who can speak with animals, shunning human patients in favor of the critters
The film is being executively produced by Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw, and Zachary Roth and will hit the theatres on 17 January 2020.
The release has been pushed back from a 2019 perch to avoid competition with both Avengers: Endgame and December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And who knows? Perhaps the animal cast will feel somewhat more talkative by the next trailer.