Disney has revealed that American actor Channing Tatum would be playing the mermaid in a remake of 1984s film "

Tatum would be taking the role played by Darryl Hannah according to reports. According to Hollywood Reporter, Tatum, will be a merman and is set to co-star with Jillian Bell. The duo starred in 2014's undercover cop comedy film "22 Jump Street".

The original film's director Ron Howard is set to produce the film, along with Tatum. The movie will be written by Maris Lewis-Ryan and follows on from "Ghostbusters", which was remade this year with an all-female lead cast.

Tatum recently starred in "Hail Caesar!" with George Clooney and Josh Brolin, while Bell is to appear in "Office Christmas Party" later this year.

The original "Splash" movie had Tom Hanks play a man saved from drowning as a boy by a mermaid, whom he meets 20 years later.