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Dolphin Tale 2 will film in Florida, primarily at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, in the fall, just as the first movie did. The film will star Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman.

This is great news for Floridians, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “Today’s announcement will create more economic activity and opportunities for families living in Pinellas County.  This exciting news builds on the economic momentum that Florida is currently experiencing.”

According to bizpacreview.com, the first Dolphin Tale brought $17 million in revenue to the state and provided jobs for nearly 1,300 Floridians working as crew members, actors and extras, Scott’s statement said. The local economy also benefited from equipment rentals, hotel accommodations, catering and other production expenses.

Scott’s office says, a study from the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg College of Business estimated the films will have a $2 billion economic impact on the area over the next five years.

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NEW YORK - JUNE 07: Singer/actor Harry Connick Jr. attends the 2010 American Theatre Wing Spring Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 7, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

If you’re visiting Clearwater, FL this fall, don’t plan on visiting the aquarium.

On Friday (9.10) Clearwater Marine Aquarium will close for approximately two month to accommodate the filming of Dolphin Tale.

The movie is based on the true story of a dolphin named Winter who was rescued off the Florida coast and taken in by the aquarium.

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