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Robert Downey Jr. has revealed the star-studded voice cast of ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’

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Around this time last year, news broke that Robert Downey Jr. would be starring in Universal’s adaptation of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle series, which is being directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan from a script he wrote, based on an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd. Now that production on the project is officially underway in London, the entire voice cast for the upcoming live-action/CG hybrid has been revealed.

“I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle,” Downey Jr. wrote in a tweet on Tuesday afternoon, attaching a photo which shows a picture of each member of the voice cast and their role in the film. Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, and Jim Broadbent were previously announced as live-action characters.

The voice cast of The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle features Emma Thompson as Polynesia, a parrot; Craig Robinson as Fleming, a mouse; Rami Malek as Chee-Chee, a gorilla; Carmen Ejogo as Regine, a lioness; Octavia Spencer as Dab-Dab, the duck; Tom Holland as Jip, a dog; Ralph Fiennes as Barry, a tiger; Marion Cotillard as Tutu, a fox; Kumail Nanjiani as Plimpton, an ostrich; Frances de la Tour as Ginko-Who-Soars, John Cena as Yoshi, a polar bear; and Selena Gomez as Betsy, a giraffe.

If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, the books follows the titular doctor, who only accepts animal patients, not humans, and can speak to them in their own languages. That being said, this should be the perfect role for Downey Jr. to take on, and here’s to hoping that this could be the next franchise for the actor to take his talents next after his time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end. The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle will open in theaters on April 12, 2019.

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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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