Director: Charles Martin Smith
Writer: Screenplay By Charles Martin Smith
Producers: Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Richard Ingber
Cast: Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell
Family Drama. Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainmentâ€™s â€œDolphin Tale 2â€ continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recoveryâ€”thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tailâ€”made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie â€œDolphin Tale.â€
The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., OscarÂ® winner Morgan Freeman (â€œMillion Dollar Babyâ€), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed â€œDolphin Tale,â€ wrote the sequel and is again at the helm.
It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life.
Yet their fight is not over. Winterâ€™s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphinsâ€™ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.
Reprising their roles, Kristofferson plays Clayâ€™s father, Reed; Zuehlsdorff is Clayâ€™s teenage daughter, Hazel; Judd returns as Sawyerâ€™s mom, Lorraine; and Stowell plays Sawyerâ€™s cousin, Kyle. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who herself has been an example of courage, appears as herself in the film.
OscarÂ® nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson (â€œThe Blind Sideâ€) are producing the film together with Alcon President of Worldwide Marketing, Richard Ingber, who brought the first project to the Company.
Inspired by true events, â€œDolphin Tale 2â€ is being filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the non-profit rescue and rehabilitation facility that Winter calls home.
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film and has slated â€œDolphin Tale 2â€ for a Sept. 12, 2014, release.