He's a Merman! Channing Tatum Set to Star in 'Splash' Remake – with Gender-Swapped Roles

Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are reported to star in a gender-swapped remake of 1984's Splash

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Channing Tatum is officially the hottest fish in the sea.

PEOPLE has confirmed that the Magic Mike star is trading his quads for a caudal fin and starring alongside Jillian Bell in a gender-swapped remake of 1984’s Splash.

Tatum will slip into the role originally made famous by Daryl Hannah, as a mysterious, secret mermaid. Bell, meanwhile, will fill in for Tom Hanks as the lonely human who falls for the fish.

The original films starts off when a young boy is saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid. The mermaid resurfaces 20 years later, and gives the now grown-up boy the option to continue his lackluster life on land, or join her under the sea.

Splash launched the careers of its stars Hanks and Hannah, as well as its creators, Ron Howard and Brian Glazer. Both Howard, who directed the original, and Glazer, who came up with the story, are returning to produce the remake, which is still in early stages of development.

News that Splash is returning with Tatum as the mermaid has already sent Twitter into a feeding frenzy:

Bell, who worked with Tatum on 22 Jump Street, came up with the idea for reimagining the fish-out-of-water story, reports Deadline.

Tatum is currently filming Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Bell will be back in theaters soon in Office Christmas Party and Fist Fight.

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