Splash: Channing Tatum to take play merman in Disney reboot

Channing Tatum to star in Spash remake

Actors Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell will reportedly star in a gender swapped reboot of the 1984 comedy Splash.

Is this a vastly inspired retake of a classic rom-com or a very fishy gimmick?

If the casting of the Ghostbusters reboot with four female leads was controversial enough, this latest gender swap shake-up has gone next level.

Channing Tatum has been cast as the mermaid – merman? – in the Disney remake of Splash, the 1984 charming rom-com starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, reports Deadline.com.

Fishy tale ... Channing Tatum will take on the mermaid role made famous by Daryl Hannah in 1984.
Fishy tale ... Channing Tatum will take on the mermaid role made famous by Daryl Hannah in 1984. 

The Magic Mike actor is to take on the role played by Hannah, a mermaid who rescues Hanks' character as a boy, only to reconnect with him years later.

Tatum, last seen in the Coen Brothers comedy Hail, Caesar!, will appear alongside his 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell who will play Hanks' character.

Bell most recently worked on Office Christmas Party alongside Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston and Kate McKinnon.

Taking the mick ... Tatum (centre) in one of his most famous roles in Magic Mike.
Taking the mick ... Tatum (centre) in one of his most famous roles in Magic Mike.  

Ron Howard, Splash's original director, is back on board as producer alongside Brian Grazer. Tatum's production company Free Association is also behind the film, which will be written by Marja-Lewis Ryan who has worked on previous Free Association projects.

The move is a surprisingly fresh take on the reboot/remake trend coming out of Hollywood and follows the success of Ghostbusters, which sparked huge outrage among fans of the original when it was announced that Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones would head the cast.

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