Tom Hanks Has Some Ideas About Gender-Swapped ‘Splash’ Remake With Channing Tatum

Tom Hanks wants in on the gender-swapped remake of “Splash”.

The actor, who appeared in the original 1984 mermaid comedy, weighed-in on Ron Howard’s new take on the film which will see Channing Tatum take on the mermaid role originated by Daryl Hannah. Actress Jillian Bell has been cast in Hanks’ role.

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“No one asked me. I am all in favour of it,” Hanks said of the reboot at the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “Inferno”. “Why not? That’s fine. Look, I think if they were really going to be bold, I would come back as Allen Bauer, and I would go off with Channing Tatum. That would be a bold movie. And I am suggesting it right now.”

Howard, who directed the original film and once again directs Hanks as Robert Langdon in the latest Dan Brown adaptation, “Inferno”, laughed when the gender-swapped “Splash” was first pitched to him.

“I mean look, it’s a bit of an experiment. So we are just going to have to see how the screenplay comes together,” Howard said. “We’ll see. But it will be a lot of fun even as we’re just working on it.”

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A “Splash” remake follows in the footsteps of this summer’s all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot, and for Howard, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

“It makes a lot of sense. Because first of all, I think the entire community and the medium is looking for opportunities to do two things,” Howard said. “One is to refresh ideas that people already know something about – titles that they already understand, relate to, remember, have a fondness for. And then also – find better roles for women, create better roles for women. So I think it’s good news.”

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