On Tuesday, PEOPLE confirmed that Channing Tatum will star in a reboot of 1984’s Splash as … the mermaid.
Tatum, who’ll star alongside Jillian Bell, will tackle the role he has been training his whole life to play. In the original, a young man (Tom Hanks) reunites with a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) who saved him from drowning as a child, but in the remake, the genders will be swapped. Hence, Tatum as merman.
The original film, which was directed by Ron Howard, starred John Candy, Eugene Levy and Dody Goodman, and we hope the remake will have such charismatic players. (Can Jonah Hill to be involved somehow?)
Here are five reasons – of thousands – why Tatum was born to play a merman.
1. He has the athletic agility.
Mermaids and mermen are fit! As is Tatum.
2. Time and time again, he’s proved he has the grace of a mythical creature.
Plus, he has Disney-level gravitas.
3. He’s down for whatever – goofy costumes included.
Tatum is not afraid to take artistic leaps, as well as actual leaps.
See, he has the nautical expertise.
4. He has the magical aura about him that is required of a mermaid/man.
5. He’s a charming leading man. Period.
Tatum can carry a film, especially a romantic one, and there is nothing more romantic than the love of a sea creature and human being.
The 1984 rom-com classic was ripe for a reboot, and we can’t wait to see our favorite moments recreated, like:
Hannah trying to figure out how to eat at a seafood restaurant (and gnawing on lobster).
The passionate human-mermaid chemistry, underwater and on land:
Hanks wearing human clothes underwater:
And who could forget Hannah in a bathtub (1:36):
The original Splash launched the careers of its stars Hanks and Hannah, as well as its creators, Howard and Brian Glazer. Both Howard, who directed the original, and Glazer, who came up with the story, will join forces for the remake, which is still in early stages of development.