Tom Holland, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Selena Gomez have all joined the cast of the live-action and animated hybrid feature “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle” at Universal Pictures.
Robert Downey Jr. stars in the film as the physician who can speak with animals. The project boasts a script by “Traffic” scribe Stephen Gaghan and acclaimed writer Tom Sheppard based on the books by Hugh Lofting.
Banderas plays a pirate named Rassouli and Sheen plays Mudfly, two of the live-action roles alongside Downey. The other four will voice talking animals.
The plan is to launch a new franchise for Downey as he transitions from his signature role as Iron Man. The film will be produced by Susan Downey, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum and shooting begins in London in late February ahead of an April 12th 2019 release.