Way, way, way off. This latest adaptation of the classic character will be set in Victorian times - when the original novel was set - and feature Robert Downey Jr. in familiar Victorian surroundings as the title character. Joining him will be Tom Holland voicing a dog, Rami Malek of Mr. Robot fame voicing a gorilla, Emma Thompson voicing a Polynesian parrot, Marion Cotillard voicing a fox, Ralph Fiennes voicing a tiger (obviously) and John Cena voicing a polar bear.
The film was first announced about a year ago, however Robert Downey Jr. announced the full cast of voices on Twitter yesterday evening, with Variety confirming Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas and Jim Broadbent in live-action roles.
Here's the tweet in question.
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
The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle will be directed by Stephen Gaghan, who's best known for directing Syriana - yes, that geo-political thriller with George Clooney and his beard - and writing the screenplay to Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. How he's going to shift from serious work like this to what's likely going to be some kind of Disney-esque family caper remains to be seen, but it won't fail for lack of talent.
The film is slated for release on April 12th, 2019.
Via Variety / Twitter