It’s amazing how often the biggest A-listers are very specific character actors. You think of Christian Bale, you think of a man who plays characters of vastly different physical statures, but most if not all of his most noted characters have double lives, the distinguished public image and the darker, secret life. Such films include American Psycho, The Prestige, The Dark Knight trilogy, American Hustle, and Vice. However, while Bale warps his physical appearances and personalities, some actors are good at basically playing themselves with vigor and charisma. Robert Downey Jr. is a prime example of this.
Since his comeback as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Started in 2008, and ended this year in Avengers: Endgame), Downey has seemed just fine playing essentially himself. Quick-witted, socially awkward geniuses with one-liners galore and the answer to everything (With Tropic Thunder his most noted exception as a Daniel Day Lewis-esque actor in a war film). Whether it’s Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, or even his courtroom drama The Judge, Downey always carries himself with an intense stare and frustration with the world around him. So, strangely, his first post-MCU role as the popular literary character Dr. John Dolittle doesn’t seem so off for him.
Taking place in Victorian-era England, you’d think it was Sherlock Holmes installment as it will follow Downey as the physician and veterinarian who sets out in search of a cure to help an ailing young Queen Victoria (Played by Jessie Buckley). This is, of course, while he tries to keep his recently discovered ability to talk to animals under wraps.
Dolittle, as it’s now officially titled, actually began filming way back in mid-February of last year (2018) and was originally set to hit theaters May 24th, earlier this year. It was then moved up to April 12th to avoid competition with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was then later moved to December 20th. Dolittle, however, was noted for also going through a massive retooling during production along with a recorded 21 days of reshoots in that month of April due to poor test screenings.
With this, Chris McKay was hired to write new material and director Jonathan Liebesman helped to oversee the reshoots with the film’s primary director Stephen Gaghan (Who co-wrote the original screenplay with John Whittington). All of this was done because the producers were not satisfied with the way the comedy and computer-generated elements of the film were coming together. The film now carries a massive budget of $175 million with a final release date of January 17, 2020, the claim being this release date choice was to also avoid The Rise of Skywalker in December.
It’s anyone’s how the film will turn out with such a chaotic production, but today the official trailer for the film has hit the internet today so you can decide for yourself. Check it out below:
Dolittle co-stars Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen in live action roles. The voice cast includes Emma Thompson, Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Tom Holland, Craig Robinson, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, and Marion Cotillard. In addition, check out the official poster for the film below: