Channing Tatum is about to become fish out of water in Disney’s remake of Splash. According to reports Tatum has signed on to the film which will see the gender roles reversed, with the Magic Mike actor taking on the character originally played by Daryl Hannah, while Jillian Bell will be in the Tom Hanks role.

Channing TatumChanning Tatum will play a mermaid in a remake of Splash by Disney.

Deadline reports that Disney is moving ahead with the reimagining, with Ron Howard, who directed the original film and Brian Grazer, who first pitched the idea, producing. Also producing will be Tatum, Reid Carolin and Peter Kieran and Imagine’s Anna Culp will serve as executive producer.

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Tatum and Bell previously worked together on 22 Jump Street and the actress is said to have first pitched the idea of switching the male and female roles from the original film. Bell most recently finished filming Office Christmas Party and she’ll next be seen in Rock That Body.

Marja-Lewis Ryan has been hired to write the script, having just wrapped comedy Liked which she wrote and directed. In the original film, Tom Hanks starred as Allen, who as a young boy was saved from drowning by a beautiful mermaid (Daryl Hannah).

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Years later Allen unknowingly encounters her again and the two fall in love. The film was a huge critical and financial success after its release in 1984. Costing just $8 million to make, it went on to be the year’s 10th highest grossing film, taking nearly $70 million in the US.