Robert Downey Jr. Has Officially Kicked Off His Dolittle Press Tour

It's a brand new year, which means the first batch of 2020 movies are starting to hit theaters. One film that's coming to the big screen later this month is Dolittle, the new flick starring the Marvel Cinematic Universe's own Robert Downey Jr. The actor known for playing Iron Man is the latest to walk and talk with the animals, following in the footsteps of Rex Harrison and Eddie Murphy. In addition to Downey Jr., the cast and voice cast for the new film is star-studded, featuring Jessie Buckley, Harry Collett, Tom Holland (Dog), Rami Malek (Gorilla), Octavia Spencer (Duck), Kumail Nanjiani (Ostrich), John Cena (Polar Bear), and Emma Thompson (Parrot). Other stars include Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent. Yesterday, Downey Jr. took to Instagram to reveal that he's begun his press tour for the upcoming movie.

“The #games officially #afoot ... Day #1 of the @dolittlemovie #press tour is in the books... #thankyou @joerogan for giving me the full #joeroganexperience ,,, your pup @marshallmaerogan is a #sweetheart #hair @davynewkirk (📸 @jimmy_rich ),” Downey Jr. wrote.

Many people commented on the post:

“Can’t wait to see this film,” @mariannazampella_ wrote.

“I literally just screamed of excitement,” @bkrvlogs added.

“This is legendary,” @odin.stans replied.

The full synopsis for Dolittle can be found below:

"After losing his wife 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 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."

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Dolittle is directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) from a script he co-wrote with Thomas Shepherd. Susan Downey produced the film under her Team Downey banner with Jeff Kirschenbaum and Joe Roth.

Dolittle is set to hit theaters on January 17, 2020.