Channing Tatum Will Be Your Sexy Merman

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The Splash remake casts its two leads.

Remember Splash? It was a career-propelling film for stars Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, who played a man and a mermaid respectively. It was also an early success of director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, who have since gone on to collaborate on billions of dollars in box office success over the 30+ years that followed.

The 1984 film, which was nominated for an Original Screenplay Oscar, was about a man whose life was saved as a boy by a mermaid, only to see him meet her again as an adult and fall in love.

We’ve known for a while that Grazer and Howard have been looking to bring Splash back for another round, but not quite what the story would be. According to Deadline, the remake is ready to go with a decidedly modern twist. With a story hatched by Jillian Bell, who you might remember as the villainous party girl in 22 Jump Street, the film will involve her in the Hanks role and Channing Tatum in the role of the Merperson.

The key here is Bell, who has been a scene stealing presence in a number of films, not just Jump Street. We’ve seen her do excellent comedic work, albeit in smaller doses, in Bridesmaids, The Night Before, and on Workaholics and Idiotsitter. She’s a legit comedic talent that would benefit greatly from headlining a potential tentpole film. She’s a next-up talent, to say the least, having wrapped the T.J. Miller, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, and Kate McKinnon-led Office Christmas Party recently and will star in Rock That Body in 2017 alongside McKinnon, Scarlett Johansson, and Zoe Kravitz.

If you’re looking for a breakout talent over the next few years, Jillian Bell is your girl. A successful remake of Splash could do the trick, especially with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer closely involved.


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