AceShowbiz - %cSelena Gomez% is on board "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle". The former Disney darling has signed up to voice one of the animals in the "Doctor Dolittle" reboot, joining %cRobert Downey Jr.% who has been set to play the titular gifted physician who is able to talk with animals, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Also added to the voice cast of the Universal Pictures feature film are %cTom Holland%, %cEmma Thompson% and %cRalph Fiennes%. Additionally, Deadline reports that %cAntonio Banderas% and %cMichael Sheen% are cast for the key live-action leads opposite Downey Jr. in the upcoming movie. Banderas will play a pirate named Rassouli and Sheen will portray a character named Mudfly.
The 1967 original movie starred %cRex Harrison%, while %cEddie Murphy% took on the role in the 1998 version. Stephen Gaghan will direct from a script he penned with an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. The story is based on 1920's children books by Hugh Lofting. Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum will serve as producers alongside Susan Downey. Jon Mone and Lexi Barta will oversee production for the studio.
Production on "The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle" will begin this month in London for an April 12, 2019 release in the United States.
Gomez returns as the voice of Mavis in "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation", which is due out on July 13, and stars opposite %cTimothee Chalamet% in %cWoody Allen%'s upcoming movie "A Rainy Day in New York".
Holland will reprise his role as Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" sequel. He is also set to lend his voice to animated movie "Spies in Disguise".
Thompson, meanwhile, joined the voice cast of "Beauty and the Beast (2017)". As for Fiennes, he voiced Alfred in "The Lego Batman Movie" and is set to appear alongside %cWill Ferrell% and %cJohn C. Reilly% in upcoming comedy "Holmes & Watson".
Banderas has a regular role in season 2 of National Geographic's anthology series "Genius", playing the renowned Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Best known for his Golden Globe-nominated role on "Masters of Sex", Sheen voiced Nivens McTwisp the White Rabbit in 2016's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and starred in "Passengers (2016)".