Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.

What is happening?

After losing his wife (Kasia Smutniak) seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

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.

Directed By

Stephen Gaghan

Executive Produced By

Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw, Zachary Roth, Jonathan Liebesman

Produced By

Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Susan Downey

Starring

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Michael Sheen
  • Harry Collett
  • Emma Thompson
  • Rami Malek
  • John Cena
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Octavia Spencer
  • Tom Holland
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Selena Gomez
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Jessie Buckley
  • Frances de la Tour
  • Carmel Laniado
  • Jason Mantzoukas
  • Craig Robinson
  • Kasia Smutniak