Robert Downey Jr.'s Dolittle Gets Star-Studded First Trailer

Robert Downey Jr.'s Dolittle, an adaptation of Hugh Lofting's stories based on the titular character who can talk to animals, has received its first trailer.

The trailer shows the various animals that will play a key role in the upcoming story, as well as a look at Dolittle's home and the various locations his adventures in the film will take place.

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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.

The first Dr. Dolittle film released in 1967, with Rex Harrison playing the titular doctor. The movie drew from three of Lofting's tales: The Story of Doctor Dolittle, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle and Doctor Dolittle's Circus. Though it wasn't well-received critically, the film won Academy Awards for Best Original Song and Best Visual Effects, with a nomination for Best Picture. While there was no direct sequel to the movie, Fox remade the film in 1998 with Eddie Murphy playing the title role. Unlike Harrison's Dr. Dolittle, Murphy's iteration was not based on the books, instead only sharing the concept of a doctor who can speak with animals. Murphy's movies were successful, having grossed more than $470 million dollars worldwide during their time in theaters.

Directed by Stephen Gaghan, Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Jim Broadbent, Harry Collett, Emma Thompson, Selena Gomez, Craig Robinson, Rami Malek, Octavia Spencer, Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, John Cena, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on Jan. 17, 2020.

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