WATCH: 'Dolittle' trailer gives Downey a brand new superpower

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Posted at Oct 15 2019 07:42 AM

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Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. is trading in his repulsor rays for a bold new take on the classic tale of a man who could talk to animals. 

Fresh off his role as Tony Stark in the MCU movies, Downey now plays Dr. John Dolittle, a famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, who hermits himself away with his menagerie of exotic animals after the death of his wife.

When the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure.

The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar-winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar-winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante.

The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson.

Distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures, Dolittle hits Philippine cinemas January 29.