Nathan Gamble stars as Sawyer Nelson and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as Hazel Haskett with Winter the dolphin starring as herself in Alcon Entertainment's family adventure "Dolphin Tale 2," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Image courtesy of CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM
The first official movie poster for ďDolphin Tale 2Ē has been released by Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment. The film is set to hit theaters Sept. 19.
CLEARWATER - David Yates and Clearwater Marine Aquarium staff are buzzing about the release of the first poster for the much-anticipated sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2."
Last March, "Rio 2" audiences got the first look at the initial "Dolphin Tale 2" movie trailer, and the first official movie poster has now been released. Looking ahead, on June 13, the second "Dolphin Tale 2" trailer will be released with "How to Train Your Dragon 2."
Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment's "Dolphin Tale 2" continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery - thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail - made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie "Dolphin Tale."
The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed "Dolphin Tale," wrote the sequel and is again at the helm.
About the sequel
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.
Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool-mate 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 dolphins' 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 Clay's father, Reed; Zuehlsdorff is Clay's teenage daughter, Hazel; Judd returns as Sawyer's mom, Lorraine; and Stowell plays Sawyer's cousin, Kyle. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who herself has been an example of courage, appears as herself in the film.
Oscar nominees Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson 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, "Dolphin Tale 2" was filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the nonprofit rescue and rehabilitation facility that Winter calls home.
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film and has slated "Dolphin Tale 2" for release beginning Sept. 19, 2014.
About Clearwater Marine Aquarium
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission is to preserve marine life and the environment while inspiring the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, rehabilitation and release.
CMA is home to dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks and more. Winter the dolphin's story of survival and inspiration has touched millions of people around the world.
Her documentary, "Winter, the Dolphin That Can," is available at www.SeeWinter.com. The documentary takes viewers on an extraordinary journey through her rescue, fight to stay alive and extensive rehabilitation. Scholastic published "Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again" in October 2009.