August 04, 2010 at 09:05 PM EDT
Image Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; CP/Victoria Times Colonist/Debra Brash/AP ImagesAll we can say is thank goodness Morgan Freeman isn’t narrating The Whale, the story of Luna, the playful, inquisitive young orca who got separated from his pod and made friends with the humans in Vancouver’s Nootka Sound, or we’d need an entire box of tissues instead of just one. Ryan Reynolds, a Vancouver native, has that honor. The film is a retooled version of Saving Luna, the documentary that won the audience choice award at the 2008 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Eric Desatnik, founder of the Environmental Film Festival, discovered the movie (co-directed by Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm) and showed it to Reynolds and his wife, Scarlett Johansson, who joined him as executive producers to give it a U.S. release. If you don’t know how Luna’s story ends, read this. Watch the trailer below, along with a video of Luna playing with a dog.

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