The live-action adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s 1920 children’s books, about a doctor who discovers that he can talk to the animals, will hit the theatres on April 12, 2019 and actor Robert Downey Jr released the entire voice cast for the film today.
Selena Gomez (Betsy, a Giraffe), Kumail Nanjiani (Plimpton, an ostrich), John Cena (Yosh, a polar bear), Octavia Spencer (Dab Dab, a duck), Marion Cotillard (Tutu, a fox), Rami Malek (Chee Chee, a gorilla), Craig Robinson (Fleming, a mouse), Carmen Ejogo (Regine, a lioness) and Frances De La Tour (Gino-who-soars) are the latest additions to the cast. Downey tweeted, “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.” With a couple of Oscar winners joining the line-up, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is going to be one film to watch out for in 2019.
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
Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle book series tells the story of a physician who one day discovers he can talk to animals. The 13 Dolittle books were published between 1920 and 1952. The stories were first adapted in a 1967 musical with Rex Harrison headlining the cast, surrounded by real-life animal co-stars. Dr Dolittle was re-enacted by actor Eddie Murphy in 1998 with the then-available CGI to help bring the animal actors alive on screen. Now, the 2018 Dolittle film adapts the second book of the Lofting’s series which is said to explore more serious subject matters.
As previously announced, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen will play the live-action leads alongside Downey. Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes were previously said to be on board to voice three of the movie’s computer-animated animal characters while Harry Collett plays the role of Tommy Stubbins, Dolittle’s assistant boy. Stephen Gaghan helms the film from a self-written script.