In a tweet posted today, singer Ric Hassani revealed that he made the music for David Oyelowo’s The Water Man, his directorial debut. The project was initially announced last year, according to Hollywood Reporter, and has the Selma star scoring himself a role, directing and producing too, with Oprah Winfrey as executive producer.
In The Water Man, starring Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello, Oyelowo plays Amos, father to Gunner (Chavis), a young boy who embarks on a journey with a local misfit Jo (Miller) to try and save his ill mother (Dawson). As Gunner sets out to to find the Water Man, who has been said to have the power to cheat death, Amos goes out in search of his son.
“It’s a story about love, and the things we’re prepared to do for love,” Oyelowo tells People Magazine. “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.”
The Golden Globe-nominated actor also shared a first glimpse of the movie via his Instagram, a nearly-serene frame of Oyelowo hugging his fictitious family.
The Water Man scores Ric Hassani’s entry into Hollywood, bringing his individualistic pop-African blend of music into the project. No release date has been announced yet, and with scheduled movie dates pushed back again because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s safe to say we will have have to wait for a while.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.