Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton will portray herself in Alcon Entertainment’s family feature, “Dolphin Tale 2.”
Hamilton, the inspiration for the movie “Soul Surfer,” was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark at the age of 13 while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore, leaving her with a severed left arm. She went on to recover, winning a national surfing title.
Hamilton will join the original film’s returning cast, including Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble.
Hamilton was portrayed by AnnaSophia Robb in “Soul Surfer.”
Warner Bros. is releasing “Dolphin Tale 2” on Sept. 19, 2014. The sequel will tell another true story inspired by the life of Winter the Dolphin, involving a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.
Charles Martin Smith, who directed “Dolphin Tale,” is helming the sequel from his own script.
“Dolphin Tale” generated a solid $72 million at the U.S. box office in 2011 through Warner Bros. and another $23 million overseas. The 3D film was produced by Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, with Alcon marketing prexy Richard Ingber, who brought the project to the company.
That script by Karen Janszen and Noam Dromi, with revisions by Smith and Jordan Roberts, was based on true events about Winter, a dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and an 11-year old boy who befriended her at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. He rallied friends and family to save Winter and convinced a doctor to create a prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin’s ability to swim.
Winter, who has resided at the Clearwater facility since 2005, played herself in the movie.