Channing Tatum To Play The Mermaid Role In Disney’s “Splash” Remake
A few months ago we reported that original “Splash” producer Brian Grazer said that a “Splash” remake was in development, but this time around there would be a twist to the story. Looks like we know what the twist is now. Channing Tatum will play the role of the mermaid, or merman, originally made famous by Daryl Hannah. Jillian Bell will be playing Tatum’s love interest, who’s character was originally played by Tom Hanks.
Disney is moving full speed ahead with a re-imagining of Splash, the 1984 sleeper hit film that launched the stars of Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, along with Imagine partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the latter of whom hatched the idea for the fish wish-fulfillment story that Howard directed. They’ve got an intriguing take: It’s being developed for Channing Tatum to take role that Hannah played, with Jillian Bell in the role that Hanks played. I’m told the pitch was hatched by Bell, who worked with Tatum in 22 Jump Street, most recently wrapped Office Christmas Party and next stars in Rock That Body.