Harry Connick Jr. and Kris Kristofferson also star in the Alcon Entertainment movie, inspired by the true story of a dolphin named Winter and the people who banded together to save its life, the studio said.
"The real Winter has served as an example of courage, perseverance and hope to people around the world, and we're hoping that the movie about her extraordinary rescue and recovery will also inspire, as well as entertain, audiences everywhere," producers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove said in a joint statement.
"We are very excited to be filming 'Dolphin Tale' at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the very place where her story unfolded. And we are also thrilled to be working with (director Charles Martin Smith) and our amazing cast. But, without a doubt, Winter is the one who has captured all our hearts. She is a star in every sense of the word," producer Richard Ingber said.
Slated for a September 2011 release, "Dolphin Tale" will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.