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Downey eyed for Spielberg's 'Harvey'

Robert Downey Jr is reportedly the frontrunner to star in Steven Spielberg's Harvey remake.

According to Variety, the Iron Man actor is being eyed for the role of Elwood P. Dowd, a man who befriends an imaginary six-foot tall rabbit.

Harvey originated as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play in 1944. It was later turned into a 1950 feature film starring Jimmy Stewart and Josephine Hull.

Reports emerged last month claiming that Tom Hanks, who starred in Spielberg films Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, turned down the lead role because he believes the public already perceive him as a present-day Stewart.

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