Big news has recently been announced in regards to the directorial debut of David Oyelowo. Worldwide distribution has officially been set for Oyelowo’s The Water Man. The film will star David Oyelowo as well as Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage), Lonnie Chavis (This is Us), Amiah Miller (War For the Planet of the Apes), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) and Maria Bello (NCIS).

RLJE Films will release the film in North America, while Netflix is set to distribute the film for the rest of the world. In North America, the film is expected to be released in theaters and PVOD on May 7, 2021, and Netflix will release the film internationally later this year.

While in some ways this film is a father and son story, at its core it’s also a love letter to mothers everywhere and is dedicated to my own. To be able to share my directorial debut, The Water Man, with the world through the hands of RLJE Films and Netflix is a dream come true for me” said Oyelowo. Oyelowo is known for his incredible roles in films, but you would have recently seen him in Netflix’s Midnight Sky alongside George Clooney.

Some of the most recent RLJE Films include Color Out of Space starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley, and The Opening Act from producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley.

The Water Man is produced by David Oyelowo (A United Kingdom), Carla Gardini (Delilah), Shivani Rawat (Wander Darkly) and Monica Levinson (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, The Trial of The Chicago 7). It is executively produced by Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple), Darren M. Demetre (Lean on Pete), Connor Flanagan (Wander Darkly) and Emma Needell.

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