Robert Downey Jr all set to play Doctor Dolittle

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Yes, the same Dolittle who talks to animals. THR reports that Downey planning to star in The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, with Universal backing the movie. The rest of the cast and crew details will be out soon.

The project will be written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, who won an Oscar for his screenplay for Steven Soderbergh's drug trade drama "Traffic" and most recently directed Matthew McConaughey in "Gold".

It looks like Robert Downey Jr. will be hopping into the shoes of yet another famous character. Universal Pictures won an auction for the story, originally the second of British children's author Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books.

Unlike Murphy's film, Harrison's "Doctor Dolittle" tanked at the box office but did well at the Oscars. The reason for that is the producing team Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum that brought those movies to theaters is also at the helm for The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle.

A bold casting choice you might say, Downey Jr will be trading in Avengers for animals in his new role.

In 1967, Rex Harrison starred as the character on film in the beloved musical Doctor Dolittle which was shot on location in an English village in the Cotswolds. Should the new Dr. Dolittle succeed, that will be the third franchise for Marvel's roaster-in-chief (following Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes).