Our merman fantasies are coming to the big screen. That’s right: Channing Tatum will be diving deep to play a male mermaid in his next movie.

The actor is producing and starring in a gender-swapped version of Splash, the iconic 80s movie starring Daryl Hannah as a statuesque mermaid and Tom Hanks as the good-natured human who falls in love with her. In the remake, however, Channing Tatum will be the one who will be wet and naked for half the movie 👏Channing Tatum Merman SplashRelated: What Your Favorite Superheroes Would Look Like As Shirtless Gay Hunks [Illustrations]

In a time when almost every big shot Hollywood actor chooses to play a superhero or an ancient warrior, it’s refreshing that Channing has chosen a non-traditional role. Having a merman for this upcoming Splash not only offers plenty of eye-candy opportunities, but it’s also a way to offer something different than the original.

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To get ready for Channing to show off his sexy swimming skills, and single-handedly bring the concept of mermen into the spotlight, let’s take a look at some of our favorite merman illustrations from around the web. Now these illustrators sure know how to draw a great catch.Sexy Merman IllustrationBy Diz DoodzSexy Merman IllustrationBy Silver JowSexy Merman Illustration By David GilsonSexy Merman IllustrationBy Filipe JordanSexy Merman Illustration By Alfredo Roagui
Sexy Merman Illustration By Batty Sketches

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Sexy Merman Illustration By Matt HoworthSexy Merman Illustration By DaekazuSexy Merman Illustration By Art By FabSexy Merman Illustration By Dave BardinSexy Merman Illustration By UmetakenokoSexy Merman IllustrationBy Jhuan Martins

Sexy Merman Illustration By Matt HoworthSexy Merman IllustrationBy Look HumanSexy Merman Illustration By Kelsi Hardin

Sexy Merman IllustrationBy Alfredo RoaguiSexy Merman Illustration By David KawenaSexy Merman Illustration By Felix d’EonSexy Merman IllustrationBy Salem ES

Sexy Merman IllustrationBy Steve ThompsonSexy Merman IllustrationBy Eric MonteroSexy Merman IllustrationBy Alfredo Roagui

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