Kris Kristofferson is joining the cast of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” currently filming in Clearwater, Fla.
3-D production is produced by Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson with Alcon marketing prexy Richard Ingber, who brought the project to the company. Alcon’s head of development Steven Wegner, and Robert Engelman are exec producers.
Charles Martin Smith (“Air Bud”) is directing from the the script by Karen Janszen (“A Walk to Remember”) with revisions by Smith and Jordan Roberts. Script is based on an original treatment by Noam Dromi.
“Dolphin” is based on true events about Winter, a dolphin who loses her tail in a crab trap and an 11-year old boy who befriends her at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and rallies friends and family to save Winter by convincing a doctor to create a prosthetic attachment to restore the dolphin’s ability to swim. Winter the dolphin will play herself in the movie.
Kristofferson will play the father of Harry Connick Jr.’s character, a single father running an understaffed aquarium. He was seen in “He’s Just Not That Into You.”
Kristofferson is repped by ICM.
Warners will release “Dolphin Tale” on Sept. 16