Antonio Banderas Join The Voyage Of Doctor Dolittle

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Downey will be the third film Doctor Dolittle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress and singer Selena Gomez has officially boarded Universal Pictures' upcoming family comedy, The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle.

Universal's new Doctor Dolittle film has cast Spider-Man and Harry Potter stars.

Though no specific details on Gomez's character were dished up at the time of the announcement, we do know that it's a voice-acting role and that she'll be lending her pipes to one of the film's many furry creatures. Aside from Gomez, Tom Holland, Emma Thomspon, and Ralph Fiennes are all slated to voice critters.

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That being said, we won't be seeing much of the 13 Reasons Why producer on screen. In addition to Downey, the live-action cast including Michael Sheen and Antonio Banderas.

Universal's The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will be released in theaters April 12th, 2019. Filming is expected to begin later this month across the pond in London.

The film will be written and directed by Syriana helmer Stephen Gaghan, who has based his adaptation off of the 1920s children's books by Hugh Lofting. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle may even launch a brand-new franchise for the star who's already headed two as Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man, as part of Marvel's world-conquering Cinematic Universe. By the casting announcements and the talent behind the picture (Oscar victor Tom Stoppard also wrote an early draft of the screenplay), we imagine that it will err closer to the original 1920s books written by Hugh Lofting than the Eddie Murphy movies, that hailed from 1990s kitsch.

Most of the stars on Dolittle have or are voicing characters in other projects. Eddie Murphy took over the role in the 1998 film of the same name, along with its 2001 sequel.

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