Robert Downey Jr. Sails Away in First 'Dolittle' Trailer

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The actor's first big project following Marvel retirement hits theaters Jan. 17, 2020.

Robert Downey Jr. is ready for a voyage in the first trailer for Dolittle.

The film is Downey's first big project following his retirement from playing Iron Man for Marvel Studios earlier this year and comes from director Stephen Gaghan. Dolittle is an adaptation of the 1920s children's book by Hugh Lofting, Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.

Dolittle is set in Victorian England and picks up seven years after Downey's Dolittle, an eccentric doctor who can speak to animals, lost his wife. In the years since, he has sequestered himself in his home, Dolittle Manor, with only animals to keep him company. But when the queen falls ill, he must go on a voyage to a mythical island to find a cure. 

Actors lending their voices to Dolittle include Tom Holland, Emma Thompson,  Ralph Fiennes, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, John Cena, Rami Malek, Craig Robinson, Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour and Carmen Ejogo. Starring in live-action roles are Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent and Michael Sheen.

Downey played Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel movies from 2008-2019, wrapping up his run with April's Avengers: Endgame, which stands as the highest grossing film of all time.  

Universal Studios opens Dolittle opens Jan. 17, 2020.