We can’t wait to see Channing Tatum as a merman!


channing_tatum_splash_mermanThe gender-swap reboot trend is gaining ground in Hollywood as it’s announced that 1984’s hit movie Splash will be remade, with a twist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magic Mike star Channing Tatum will take the iconic role of the mermaid (or merman, in this case) character first played by Daryl Hannah.

Jillian Bell is set to play the human role, originally portrayed by Tom Hanks.

The Disney romantic comedy is being co-produced by Ron Howard, who directed the original film, as well as Tatum.

Splash told the story of a man who falls in love with a real-life mermaid, who saved him from drowning 20 years earlier.

The news follows the recent remake of Ghostbusters, which, controversially for some, saw the originally male cast being replaced with an all-women line-up (one of whom plays a lesbian character).

We love the idea of watching Tatum spending much of the movie splashing around wearing nothing more than a fish tail.

As for changing the genders of classic film characters, why the hell not? If new actors can play iconic roles, why do they have to also be the original gender (or sexual orientation, for that matter)?

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