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Ric Hassani Is Creating The Soundtrack For David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut “The Water Man”

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Nigerian-British Hollywood actor David Oyelowo is about to make his directorial debut and we literally cannot wait!David OyelowoThe “Queen of Katwe” and “Gringo” star has a new film “The Water Man” in the works. He co-produced, directed, and also doubles as the lead star of the film.


He recently shared on his Instagram the progress of the film which is already in its post-production stages. David Oyelowo captioned the post “First Look image for my directorial debut THE WATER MAN. COMING SOON! Thanks“.

Nigerian soul singer Ric Hassani will be providing original music for the feature film.

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Hassani also took to Twitter to announce the big news.

“The Water Man” stars Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Maria Bello and Alfred Molina. The film is executive-produced by Oprah Winfrey.


The film follows the story of a  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 mythical 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 David Oyelowo while speaking to Deadline. “I feel blessed to be entrusted with bringing this imaginative and moving story to life


In an interview with People, David Oyelowo said  shared:

“It’s a story about love and the things we’re prepared to do for love. I was just so touched by the idea of a son wanting to do everything he can to save his mother. The film is also very akin to the kind of films I loved growing up, the kind of films Steven Spielberg made, or films like The Goonies and Gremlins and Stand By Me.”

Referring to Oprah Winfrey as executive producer, David Oyelowo said:

“From the moment I met her, she’s just been a huge advocate of mine and a big believer in me. It’s why she came alongside me.  When I talked to Oprah about wanting to direct this, she’s just someone who is never failing in her support of me. And so it was a very natural thing for her to come on board to produce with her company. She’s just a perpetual source of support for me. And that is something I don’t take lightly.


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