Channing Tatum to play mermaid in 'Splash' remake for Disney

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Disney is moving forward on a remake of the 1984 film Splash with an interesting twist: Channing Tatum will star as the mermaid character that was played by Daryl Hannah while Jillian Bell will play the character originally played by Tom Hanks.

Imagine's Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce along with Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran via his Free Association banner. Anna Culp will executive produce.

The 1984 original starred Hanks as a man who as a young boy was saved from drowning by a mermaid (Hannah). The mermaid returns 20 years later and finds the boy she once saved, and gives him the option between his life on land or a life under the sea with her.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0161 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on November 12, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1611 'Channing Tatum' -- Pictured: Channing Tatum -- Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Channing Tatum attends the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan arrive to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by: Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Actor Channing Tatum arrives at Variety and WWD 2nd Annual StyleMakers Awards at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
66 Berlin Film Festival Channing Tatum during the photocall of the film Heil Caesar (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Channing Tatum attends the 'Hail, Caesar!' Premiere during the 66th Berlinale International Film Festival on February 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Isa Foltin/WireImage)
66 Berlin Film Festival Channing Tatum during the photocall of the film Heil Caesar (Photo by camilla morandi/Corbis via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Actor Channing Tatum and actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum attend the Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Hail, Caesar!' at the Regency Village Theatre on February 1, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 05: Robert Forester, Channing Tatum, Tim Roth, Christoph Waltz, Quentin Tarantino and Zoe Bell at the Quentin Tarantino Immortalized With Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 5, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23: Channing Tatum (L) and Jenna Dewan attend a basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
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Marja-Lewis Ryan will write the script. She is currently writing Free Association's HBO College pilot Unsupervised. Free Association is also producing her Netflix film 6 Balloons which she has written and will direct. She also wrote Lean In, the film based on Sheryl Sandberg's book for Tristar. She's repped by UTA.

Tatum and Bell previously worked together on 22 Jump Street. Tatum, recently seen in Hail, Caesar!, will next be seen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He's repped by UTA, Management 360 and Hansen, Jacobson.

Bell will be seen soon in Office Christmas Party, and Fist Fight. She's repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Stone, Genow.

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