Robert Downey Jr. Might Be in Steven Spielberg's Harvey
by Ethan Anderton
September 15, 2009
Earlier today we keyed you in on the status of Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, but there was a tidbit of information hidden within that same Variety update that otherwise might have gotten overlooked. Apparently Robert Downey Jr. might be the top contender to fill the lead role in Spielberg's remake of the 1950 Jimmy Stewart film Harvey. In a fleeting mention the article simply says: "Spielberg is presently focusing on his 'reimagining' of Harvey, with Robert Downey Jr. possibly playing the man who sees an invisible rabbit." Blink and you could've missed it. Thankfully we've brought it to your attention.
Much of the talk about who would fill Jimmy Stewart's shoes for this contemporary Harvey immediately focused on an actor who has been referred to as our generations' Jimmy Stewart. That actor is Tom Hanks. But Variety has said that the correlation between Hanks and Stewart is the very reason that Hanks won't do the picture. Still, Downey is a perfect choice for this somewhat eccentric role. He has a very genuine persona and everything he says sounds like it's right off the top of his head anyway. And, just the fact that he would be collaborating with Spielberg makes this all the more desirable. Who do you want to see in Harvey?