According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress and singer Selena Gomez has officially boarded Universal Pictures' upcoming family comedy, The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. The original screenplay for Doctor Dolittle was written by Tom Sheppard (Robot Chicken) with Gaghan doing some additional writing.
It seems Robert Downey Jr will be joined by some stellar talent on Doctor Dolittle, including one of his Marvel co-stars. Now, we're getting a bit more insight as to who will be sharing the silver screen alongside Downey Jr. when he stars as the doctor with an uncanny ability to talk to animals. On the television side of things, Gomez is the executive producer of Netflix's runaway hit drama 13 Reasons Why.
Not much is known about the newest iteration of the long-running character, but the film is being directed by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana), and will be produced by Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Susan Downey. Aside from Gomez, Tom Holland, Emma Thomspon, and Ralph Fiennes are all slated to voice critters. The cast will also include Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen, who will all be lending their voices to the animals that Dolittle can speak with (via THR).More news: Two dead, more than 100 injured as damaging Taiwan natural disaster topples hotel
The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle now has no release date. The story is based on 1920's children books by Hugh Lofting. Filming is expected to begin later this month across the pond in London.
Currently, Holland is set to voice the Blue Sky feature Spies in Disguise and his highly anticipated role in Disney's Avengers: Infinity War as he returns as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.
Dolittle's nemesis, Banderas, stars as Picasso in the latest season of the National Geographic series Genius. Eddie Murphy took over the role in the 1998 film of the same name, along with its 2001 sequel.