The Water Man is a 2020 American drama film directed by David Oyelowo, on his feature film directorial debut, from a script by Emma Needell. It stars Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, and Maria Bello. Oprah Winfrey is serving as executive producer through her banner Harpo Films.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020 and was released in the United States on May 7, 2021 by RLJE Films.
In June 2015, it was announced that David Oyelowo would direct and produce the film, from a script by Emma Needell, with Oprah Winfrey serving as executive producer on the film under her Harpo Films banner, with distribution by Walt Disney Studios.  Oyelowo originally intended to simply star in and produce the film, but after the original director retired, Needell convinced him to make his directorial debut on the project. In March 2019, it was announced that Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina, and Maria Bello had joined the cast of the film, and Disney was no longer attached to distribute.  Oyelowo said that he reached out to Angelina Jolie, Nate Parker, Joel Edgerton, and Mel Gibson about acting in the films they directed.
David Oyelowo as Amos Boone
Rosario Dawson as Mary Boone
Lonnie Chavis as Gunner Boone
Amiah Miller as Jo Riley
Alfred Molina as Jim Bussey
Maria Bello as Sheriff Goodwin