Warner Bros. open casting call for 10-13 yo boy for feature film 'Dolphin Tale'

Alcon Entertainment and Warner Brothers are in pre-production on the upcoming 3D feature film 'Dolphin Tale' starring Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr. The casting directors are holding an open casting call/talent search for a 10 - 13 year old Caucasian boy who is able to swim well.

No acting experience is necessary. This role is the ONLY role they are looking for at this open call.

Character Description:

[SAWYER NELSON] He's 11 years old, Caucasian, small, introverted, a child genius, brilliant at tinkering but not interested in regular school. Some years ago Sawyer s father walked away from his family, and Sawyer became dependent upon the company of his older cousin, Kyle. But now Kyle has enrolled in the Army and ships out, leaving Sawyer to fold into himself, much to the worry of his mother. But while riding his bike, he happens upon a shoreline incident where a dolphin has been severely hurt in a crab trap. While trying to help, Sawyer makes a connection with the young dolphin that sparks a curiosity that blossoms into a driving force to save the dolphin s life.

Open Casting Call Details


Saluda Shoals Park
Environmental Center Auditorium
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Click Here for directions.


Thursday, August 19, 2010
1:00pm – 4:00pm

You MUST bring a current photograph with you. Please bring yourself and only one other family member.

Shooting will take place from September 27, 2010 through December 7, 2010 in the Clearwater, Florida area.

Winter the Dolphin, who gained national fame because of her prosthetic tail, will be the star of the movie. While most of the film will be shot at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a robotic dolphin double will be used to shoot scenes Winter can't do herself. 'Dolphin Tale' is a fictional story but it has a lot of fact in it about Winter's real life.

Two 80,000-foot stranding pools are being constructed for the film on the Clearwater Marine Aquarium property and, when filming is over, the Aquarium gets to keep these pools and use them to rehab dolphins in the future.

Principal Actor Casting:

See the post titled Headshot and Resume Information regarding how to submit for acting roles.

Please submit photos and resumes by mail only.
No phone calls or personal drop-offs.

Dolphin Tale
Barden/Schnee Casting
150 West 28th Street
Suite 402
New York, NY 10001

Extras Casting:

Extras casting will begin late August in Clearwater, FL.

Crew Members:

Film crew workers in the St. Petersburg/Tampa/Clearwater areas send resume to:

Production Companies:

Do NOT send photos and resumes to the production companies (they will most likely end up in the trash can), they do not cast the films. They hire casting directors who sort through the thousands of submissions.

Bottlenose Productions, LLC
400 Cleveland Street
2nd Floor
Clearwater, FL 33755

Warner Bros. Pictures
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522

Alcon Entertainment
10390 Santa Monica Blvd.
Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Producers: Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Richard Ingber, Steven P. Wegner

Director: Charles Martin Smith


Ashley Judd
Morgan Freeman
Harry Connick Jr.


Based on the true story of a young boy who befriends an injured dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and motivates everyone around him to help save the dolphin by creating a prosthetic appendage to replace the dolphin's missing tail. Connick Jr. plays Dr. Clay Haskett, a vet who rescues the mammal and brings her to runs the marine hospital he runs. Judd plays Lorraine Nelson, the boy's mother while Freeman is Dr. Ken McCarthy, a doctor who creates a prosthetic limb for Winter.