Iron Man has traded in his super suit for some very different super powers in the first trailer for Dolittle.

The latest reimagining of the classic story based on the on the 1920’s children’s book series by Hugh Lofting stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular doctor who happens to have the magical ability to talk to animals. The first trailer for the film promises a wondrous adventure wth plenty of heart.

The timeless story has previously been portrayed on the big screen in a 1967 film starring Rex Harrison, as well as the 1998 movie, Dr. Dolittle with Eddie Murphy in the lead. Downey is embracing this well-known role with a great sense of humor. “I’ve been talking to animals for years now … And they finally started talking back,” he joked on Twitter. “Does this mean I was getting the silent treatment?”

Dr. Dolittle’s animal companions are voiced by an A-list cast including Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab the duck, John Cena as Yoshi the polar bear, Rami Malek as Chee-Chee the gorilla and Selena Gomez as Betsey the giraffe.

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Dolittle hits theaters Jan. 17, 2020.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: IMDB

 

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