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Chaning Tatum to play mermaid in Disney's Splash remake

Dear John

Story by Jack Foley

CHANING Tatum is to play the mermaid in Disney’s remake of the 1984 film Splash.

The casting means that Disney is pressing ahead with plans to give the new version a contemporary take, given that the mermaid was played by Daryl Hannah in the original.

It also means that the previously cast Jillian Bell will play the character originally played by Tom Hanks.

Tatum is producing along with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, while Marja-Lewis Ryan will write the script. She is currently writing Free Association’s HBO College pilot Unsupervised.

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

Tatum and Bell previously worked together on 22 Jump Street.

Tatum was most recently seen in the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! and will next be seen in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Bell will next be seen soon in Office Christmas Party and Fist Fight.

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