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Channing Tatum to Play a Merman in 'Splash,' Disney's Reboot of Classic 1984 Film

by Alex Ungerman 3:52 PM PDT, August 01, 2016
Playing Channing Tatum to Play a Merman in 'Splash,' Disney's Reboot of Classic 1984 Film

What a week we're having!

Hollywood may be out of "original ideas," but that doesn't mean it's out of great ones, like having Channing Tatum play a merman -- which is exactly what the 36-year-old actor has signed on to do in Disney's reimagining of the 1984 film, Splash, Deadline reports.

Tatum and his 22 Jump Street co-star, Jillian Bell, are rebooting the cult classic picture, originally starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. However, in the upcoming project, the roles are gender-swapped, with Tatum taking on Hannah's mermaid role, a twist on the original reportedly devised by Bell, who will play Hanks' character in the movie.

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Marja-Lewis Ryan has been hired to write the script, and the film is being produced by Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who also teamed up on the original movie.

No word on when the movie is set to hit theaters, but we are really looking forward to seeing how great Tatum's shirtless abs look while he's rocking a tail fin.

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