David Oyelowo is set to make his directorial debut with ‘The Water Man’ in which he will also star and produce.

Oyelowo will be reuniting with Oprah Winfrey who will serve as executive producer on the Emma Needall penned drama. Rosario Dawson, ‘This Is Us’ star Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller (War for the Planet of the Apes), Alfred Molina (Vice), and Maria Bello (History of Violence) will also star in the project.

The story centres on precocious young boy Gunner (Chavis) who, in order to save his ill mother (Dawson), runs away from home with a local misfit Jo (Miller), to find the legendary figure called the Water Man who has been said to have the power to cheat death. While extremely close to his mother, he and his father Amos (Oyelowo) are forced to learn about each other as Amos goes on the search for his son.

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The Water Man as written by Emma Needell is that rare, beautiful script that can touch your heart and challenge your mind while also lifting your spirits,” said Oyelowo. “I feel blessed to be entrusted with bringing this imaginative and moving story to life.”

Oyelowo made his big breakthrough when he played the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in ‘Selma’. He was last seen on the BBC’s adaptation of ‘Les Miserables’ as Javert. His upcoming projects include ‘Peter Rabbit 2’, Doug Liman’s ‘Chaos Walking’ alongside Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley and ‘Come Away’ alongside Angelina Jolie, Michael Caine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.