Celebrity Channing Tatum Is Playing a Mermaid in Disney's Remake of Splash By Brandi Fowler Brandi Fowler Instagram Website In addition to her extensive fashion, lifestyle, and beauty coverage for InStyle, Brandi has worked as a writer and editor for E! Online, a fashion and lifestyle writer for Hello! US, an editor/on-camera host for AOL, contributing writer and red carpet correspondent for Variety and Cosmopolitan, and has also served as the Hollywood correspondent for Australia's 9News' TheFIX. Her editorial features can also be found on Vitruvi, MTV News, Madame Noire, Hello Beautiful and more covering fashion, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and entertainment news. Her articles have been syndicated by the likes of Health, Marie Claire, Essence, Shape, Yahoo!, People, and more. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 1, 2016 @ 05:15PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic Disney is putting an unexpected spin on its upcoming Splash reboot. Now that the film is a go, Channing Tatum will star in it as the mermaid originally played by Darryl Hannah, and Jillian Bell will take on the lead character originally played by Tom Hanks, according to the People. In the original 1984 film, Hanks starred as Allen Bauer, who was saved from drowning by a mermaid as a child, and then ends up falling in love with her 20 years later after she saves him again as an adult. The mermaid, who changes her name to Madison to fit in, tries to conceal her real identity until she gives Hanks the choice to life in the ocean with her or on land without her. Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum Prove Once Again Why They're #CoupleGoals While there's no word yet on if Hanks and Hannah will make an appearance in the reboot, Brian Grazer, will wrote the story, will return to produce film and Ron Howard will be back to co-produce it with him. As Tatum prepares for his role as a merman, something tells us his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum and their daughter, Everly, will be able to give him some professional mermaid advice.