Watch: Robert Downey Jr. in First “Dolittle” Trailer

Screenshot from "Dolittle - Official Trailer" via Universal Pictures/YouTube

He’s just not a people person — he’s Dolittle. 

The man who could speak to animals is coming to the big screen in the re-imagining of the 1920s children’s book by Hugh Lofting, Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, from Universal Pictures. 

Robert Downey Jr. is Dolittle, and in the clip we see him setting sail with some furry friends. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film picks up seven years after Doolittle has lost his wife. What follows is a quest to save the Queen of England. 

“We have no choice but to embark on this perilous journey,” he says in the trailer. 

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 lent their voices to the film. 

Dolittle is slated to premiere on January 17, 2020. 

Watch the trailer below!