For his next film, Robert Downey Jr.'s super power will be the ability to talk to animals.

The Iron Man star has signed on to "The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle," picking up the role previously played by Eddie Murphy, reports Variety.

The character was created in the 1920s by British author Hugh Lofting, as a Victorian-era physician who opts to treat animals when he realizes he can speak with them.

Universal picked up the project following a heated bidding war.