After all those star-studded Avengers films, it looks like Robert Downey Jr. only does movies with at least 10 other Hollywood A-listers in them. Tuesday, the actor shared the “supporting” cast for the upcoming Doctor Dolittle reboot, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, in which he plays the titular character, and the lineup is mind-blowing.
You’ve got your Oscar-winners (and nominees) like Emma Thompson, Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard and Ralph Fiennes. Then there are all the hottest stars of the moment like John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Selena Gomez, Rami Malek and Tom Holland. Then there’s Carmen Ejogo (Fantastic Beasts), Craig Robinson (The Office) and Frances de la Tour (Into the Woods, also a Tony-winner).
And those are just the voice actors. Antonio Banderas and Michael Sheen were announced previously as live-action leads alongside Downey. Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde and Annette Benning are also reportedly signed to the project. Seriously, what is the budget for this thing?
Feeling a little lightheaded? You’re not alone. The internet seems to be collectively freaking out about the casting.
so.. dr dolittle has robert downey jr, tom holland, octavia spencer, kumail nanjiani, rami malek AND emma thompson? pic.twitter.com/uSubNwR7Ii
— carol îmwe (@carxlinv) March 27, 2018
father and son back at it again pic.twitter.com/epHe9u76G6
— Shy🌹 (@charlesxpietro) March 27, 2018
OMG YAS ALL THE BEST ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/AOYeorh4de
— samina – 28 days (@samina_kapoor) March 27, 2018
RAMI MALEK MY BABY pic.twitter.com/J1Os94f6Bs
— It's Brenda bitch (@isi_isi_isioma) March 27, 2018
Ugh so glad you have @selenagomez too! Your cast is stellar 🙂
— 🍭 (@VAHNNNN) March 27, 2018
— costi (@RDJisacupcake) March 27, 2018
A few Twitter users had a concern with the lead. Doctor Dolittle is based on a children’s book series and was first made into a film in 1967 with Rex Harrison but the Doctor Dolittle remembered by most is Eddie Murphy’s. To some, replacing the black lead with Robert Downey Jr. feels a little bit like going backwards.
Robert Downey Jr. is about to play the role of doctor Dolittle but we grew up with Eddie Murphy pic.twitter.com/pcerL2hkAD
— Modern Renè Magritte (@PR1NC3EZZY) March 27, 2018
Isn't Dr dolittle supposed to be black?…..is this a reboot?
— Joshua Obot (@joshuaobot5) March 27, 2018
In the original film, in the 60's he was played by a white actor.
Eddie Murphy was a "reboot".
Dr.Dolittle is neither white nor black, he's a character who is able to b played by any race.
— "Broken" Johnny Hanekura (@Akatsuki9317) March 28, 2018
The film is currently shooting in London and the studio has kept tight wraps on the plot. Looks like we have to wait until 2019 to see everybody in action.