Aaron Eckhart out, Megan Fox in for Manimal movie

Aaron Eckhart out, Megan Fox in for Manimal movie

Aaron Eckhart, who was reportedly close to signng to the Simon MacCorkindale role in Benicio Del Toro’s big-screen remake of the 1980s TV series Manimal has apparently chosen to play the role of Tatoo in the re-imagined Fantasy Island for Starz instead.

That’s opened the way for Megan Fox, who had been circling the part of Rhoda the Robot in the now defunct My Living Doll big-screener. 

“Megan was always my first choice,” Del Toro told the SpeculationMan blog.  “While we’ve spoken with some really cool people, when I think of people turning into animals, I think of Megan Fox.”

Kelly Cuoco is already signed to play Detective Brooke McKenzie, who is in on the crime fighter’s secret.  The role of Ty Earl remains uncast, although Ken Jeong, Abe Vigoda, and Philip Seymour Hoffman are said to be in talks for the role.

Original TV castmember Melody Anderson is expected to cameo, with Rob Schneider playing a villain who can also transform into animals.

Del Toro is writing the screenplay with Bruce Vilanch, and expects to begin lensing once his At the Mountains of Madness adaptation wraps.

And oh yeah…April Fool! 🙂

Had you wondering for a minute there, didn’t I? 😉

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 

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