Channing Tatum Will Be Playing A Merman & The Whole Internet Can't Even

The 1984 movie Splash features Daryl Hannah as a mermaid who rescues a boy from drowning, and later offers him the chance to live under the sea with her. Mermaids have traditionally been feminine figures — but a new casting decision proves they don't have to be.

In an upcoming remake of Splash, Channing Tatum is taking on the role Hannah originated, and the internet is beside itself.
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22 Jump Street's Jillian Bell is playing the role created by Tom Hanks in the new Disney film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The script is by Marja-Lewis Ryan, the writer behind the HBO pilot Unsupervised, the Netflix movie 6 Balloons, and the Lean In film about Sheryl Sandberg. So, basically, this movie promises to be feminist AF.

Tatum appears to be continuing his Magic Mike mission of providing a bit of eye candy for the masses. Beyond that, though, the gender-flipped script should make for some interesting performances and a compelling story. Timing for production has not yet been announced.
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