The Water Man In Theaters Now!
Updated: May 16
My interview with David Oyelowo and Jessica Oyelowo will give a insight on bringing this incredible story to the "Big Screen".
WATCH THE WATER MAN OFFICIAL TRAILER
In THE WATER MAN, Gunner (Lonnie Chavis) and his mother (Rosario Dawson) share a special bond, but when his mom’s illness worsens, he disappears into stacks of books on both science and the supernatural in search of possible cures.
After learning about the mythic Water Man, who may carry the secret to everlasting life, Gunner and his rebellious friend Jo (Amiah Miller) go on a quest into the Water Man’s mysterious forest. Facing challenges and dangers they never imagined, the friends’ hope for rescue lies with Gunner’s father (David Oyelowo), who must immerse himself in his son’s world to follow the clues that will lead him to the kids and put his family back together.
In this story, Gunner Boone moves to a tiny rural town from the big city with his mother and father, in the hope that his sick mother will fare better there. Unfortunately, his mother gets worse. Through a local girl named Jo, Gunner discovers the local legend of “The Water Man” who is said to live deep in the woods and has the gift of cheating death. Gunner and Jo set out to find him and so our adventure begins. THE WATER MAN is a story about how far a heroic young boy will go to save his mother. It’s about sacrificial love, hope and overcoming adversity.
David Oyelowo says he grew up loving family films that have adventure, fantasy and jeopardy whilst never patronizing their young protagonists.
As a father to four children, I want to share films with my kids that both entertain and equip them for the highs and lows that lie ahead. I relish watching films with them that both transport our family to a different world and then leave us having meaningful conversations. I love films that do that, so I set out to make one for them, other families and, hopefully, the whole world!
ABOUT THE CAST:
ROSARIO DAWSON (Mary Boone) Rosario
has starred in a range of films including UNFORGETTABLE, TOP FIVE, TRANCE, UNSTOPPABLE, RENT, THE 25th HOUR, MEN IN BLACK II, KIDS and the SIN CITY franchise. She is the voice of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and voices Wonder Woman in several DC Animated films. For her performance in SEVEN POUNDS, Dawson won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Award at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards. On the small screen, Dawson starred as 'Claire Temple' in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel comic book series "Daredevil," Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” “Jessica Jones,” and “The Defenders.” She also recurred on CW's JANE THE VIRGIN. She recently starred in ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP opposite Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Zoey Deutch among others and JAY AND SILENT BOB REBOOT. On the TV side, Rosario recently starred as 'Allegra Dill' in the USA Anthology series BRIARPATCH produced by Sam Esmail. She will next star in HBO MAX’s pilot DMZ directed by Ava Duvernay. In 2013, Rosario founded Studio One Eighty Nine (Studio 189) with Abrima Erwiah, a fashion and media lifestyle brand made in Africa that produces African and African-inspired content and clothing. Studio 189 was recently the recipient of the prestigious CFDA Lexus Sustainable Fashion Initiative prize and of other various awards including the Martin Luther King Jr Social Justice award from UPenn in 2015, the MOCADA Social Justice award in 2016, the Design Miami Visionary award in 2017, the Filming On Italy Social Justice award in 2018 and more. Dawson is an activist lending her time to a range of influential organizations, most notably Voto Latino, which she co-founded in 2004 to help empower Latino millennials to vote and influence change in government. Dawson is an active board member of V-Day, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Operation USA and the Environmental Media Association. She was also honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her valuable contributions to the community.
LONNIE CHAVIS (Gunner Boone)
Lonnie is known for his role on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama series THIS IS US. Actor Lonnie Chavis stole the hearts of viewers as ‘9-year-old Randall,’ the younger version of Emmy Award-winning actor, Sterling K. Brown. Chavis also shared in winning a SAG Award for Best Ensemble with the cast of “This Is Us.” The young actor will soon star in the Indie film THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR. Opposite Milo Ventimiglia, Chavis earned an MTV Movie Award in 2017 for Best Tearjerker, gaining recognition for his performance in season one’s most notable scenes and as a noteworthy character on the show. In 2018, Chavis won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Chavis has also been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Chavis’ talents have been seen in numerous projects on both the small and big screens. In 2018, he appeared in the Academy Award-nominated short film SKIN, tackling themes of racism and family values. He also guest starred on the Nickelodeon family-comedy THE THUNDERMANS. In 2017, Chavis appeared in the Showtime comedy series WHITE FAMOUS, opposite comedian Jay Pharaoh and produced by Jamie Foxx. He also guest starred on the CW’s SUPERGIRL. Lonnie also advocates for causes close to his heart. Chavis released a now viral video of him addressing negative comments on his social media accounts. He received widespread positive feedback from fans and peers alike, exposing the prevalence of the issue of bullying in today’s 11 social media landscape and highlighted the need for support from strong public voices. Because of Chavis’s own experiences with bullies, he started his own movement called Fix Your Heart to uplift those who feel bullied and ostracized, where his goal is to give inspiration to being a better human. Chavis resides in southern California with his three younger brothers. In his free time, Lonnie loves to swim, play video games, and work on his dance skills.
AMIAH MILLER (Jo Riley)
16 years old, Amiah Miller was the breakout lead of 20th Century Fox's last installment of the hugely successful APES Franchise, WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, directed by Matt Reeves. She was recently seen in ANASTASIA for Blake Harris, and prior to that starred in TRAFFICKED, opposite Ashley Judd and HOUSE BY THE LAKE, directed by Adam Gierasch. She will next be seen starring in David Oyelowo's directorial debut feature THE WATER MAN, opposite David, Rosario Dawson and Lonnie Chavis. On the TV side, she most recently appeared in MCGYVER for CBS, amongst other credits.
ALFRED MOLINA (Jim Bussey)
Alfred is an accomplished London-born actor whose diverse and lengthy career has moved effortlessly between film, TV, and theatre worldwide. On his film work includes roles in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), PRICK UP YOUR EARS (1987), ENCHANTED APRIL (1992), MAVERICK (1994), SPECIES (1995), BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997), CHOCOLAT (2000), FRIDA (2002), LUTHER (2003), SPIDER-MAN 2 (2004), THE DA VINCI CODE (2006), AN EDUCATION (2009), and LOVE IS STRANGE (2014). He has voiced characters in RANGO (2011), MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (2013), RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET (2018), and FROZEN II (2019). Molina rose to prominence in the West End, earning an Olivier Award nomination for his performance as JUD FRY in OKLAHOMA! in 1980. He made his Broadway debut in Yasmini Reza’s play ART in 1998, gaining the first of three TONY nominations. His other Broadway roles include ‘Tevye’ in the musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in 2004, and John Logan’s RED in 2009. For his role as ‘Robert Aldrich’ in Ryan Murphy’s FEUD, Alfred received both Golden Globe and EMMY nominations. In recent years Alfred has continued to work in all areas of the industry. He appeared in Tom Holloway’s play AND NO MORE SHALL WE PARTat the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016. He played James Tyrone in LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT at the Geffen Playhouse in 2017, and the title role in the Pasadena Playhouse productions of Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER at the beginning of2020. His recent film and television work includes Showtime’s comedy-drama series I’M DYING UP HERE (2017); BREAKABLE YOU (2017) opposite Tony Shalhoub and Holly Hunter; MESSAGE FROM THE KING (2017) opposite Gerard Butler; SAINT JUDY (2018) opposite Michelle Monaghan and Alfre Woodard; and THE FRONT RUNNER (2018) opposite Hugh Jackman. He has also appeared in small uncredited cameos in VICE (2018) and PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (2020) for director Emerald Fennell.
MARIA BELLO (Sheriff Goodwin)
Maria has established herself as a leading actress with a formidable and dazzling presence. A cool, incredibly literate blonde, Maria has captivated audiences with her many diverse roles in such films as, LIGHTS OUT, THE COOLER, (Golden Globe and SAG Nomination), A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (NY Film Critics win and Golden Globe nomination), WORLD TRADE CENTER, PRISONERS, GROWN UPS, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB, PAYBACK and COYOTE UGLY. Bello served as the Executive Producer and appeared in the film, GIANT LITTLE ONES, released last year. She also created and produced the virtual reality film, THE SUN LADIES, which had its world premiere at Sundance received a prestigious Lumiere Award. Bello is currently producing, THE WOMAN KING, which will star Viola Davis and is based on an original concept of Maria’s. Maria will return for a fourth season this fall as Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane in NCIS. Some of Bello’s man additional film credits include GROWN UPS and GROWN UPS 2, THE COMPANY MEN, THE MUMMY 3: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR, DEMONIC, TOWELHEAD, YELLOW HANDERCHIEF, AUTO FOCUS, BEAUTIFUL BOY, PERMANENT MIDNIGHT, McFarland USA, FLICKA, DUETS, SECRET WINDOW, ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and The 5th Wave. No stranger to the small screen, Bello starred in the Lifetime TV movie BIG DRIVER, based on the Stephen King short story. She also starred as detective Jane Timoney in the NBC series PRIME SUSPECT, and for one season in the role of passionate and headstrong pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico in NBC’s critically acclaimed series “ER.” In April 2015, Bello released her first book Whatever… Love is Love, from Dey Street Books, an imprint of Harper Collins. In her book, Bello expands on her news-making “Coming Out as Modern Family” column, which ran in the New York Times in 2013. The book explores themes and ideas surrounding family, partnership, sexuality and spirituality. Bello is an internationally renowned activist and is a powerful voice for social justice and women’s rights around the world. Her career as an activist began at Villanova University, where she majored in Peace and Justice Education and worked at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia. In 2009, Bello was voted one of Variety’s most powerful women in Hollywood for her activism with women in Darfur, and she continues to speak around the country on women’s rights, equality and social impact investing at venues such as TedWomen, the U.N. and the State Department. She is also a ReFrame Ambassador for Women in Film to work toward gender parity in the entertainment industry.