Directed by: Stephen Gaghan
Written by: Stephen Gaghan, Hugh Lofting, Thomas Shepherd
Produced by: Susan Downey, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth
Other cast: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Selena Gomez, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Marion Cotillard
Release date: 12 April 2019 (USA)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Running time: n/a
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is an upcoming American fantasy adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan, and written by Gaghan and Thomas Shepherd. It is based on the character Doctor Dolittle created by Hugh Lofting, and is primarily based on The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. The film stars Robert Downey Jr. as the title character, with Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Henry Collett, and Jim Broadbent in live-action roles, alongside an ensemble voice cast; including Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Carmen Ejogo, and Frances de la Tour. The film will be released on April 12, 2019, under distribution by Universal Pictures.
Tom’s Character: Jip
Jip is Dr. Dolittle‘s Dog.
Robert Downey Jr. as Dr. John Dolittle
Antonio Banderas as Rassouli
Michael Sheen as Mudfly
Harry Collett as Tommy Stubbins
Tom Holland as Jip, a dog
Emma Thompson as Polynesia, a parrot
Ralph Fiennes as Barry, a tiger
Selena Gomez as Betsy, a giraffe
Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton, an ostrich
Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab, a duck
John Cena as Yoshi, a polar bear
Rami Malek as Chee-Chee, a gorilla
Craig Robinson as Fleming, a mouse
Marion Cotillard as Tutu, a fox
Carmen Ejogo as Regine, a lioness
Frances de la Tour as Ginko-Who-Soars
On March 20, 2017, it was announced that Robert Downey Jr. would star in the feature adaptation of The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle. In December 2017, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent were cast. In February 2018, Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen were cast in live action roles while Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, and Selena Gomez were cast to voice animals in the film. In March 2018, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour and Carmen Ejogo joined the voice cast.
Principal production commenced in late February 2018.
The film is scheduled to be released on April 12, 2019 by Universal Pictures. It was previously set for an May 24, 2019 release but the studio had to change the date because it was opening against Disney’s Star Wars: Episode IX.