David Oyelowo makes his directorial debut with fantasy drama flick The Water Man, and he also stars.

It’s a classically-styled urban legend type outing, with a young boy named Gunner setting out on a quest to save his ill mother by searching for a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the Water Man. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest – but the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes!

Also starring Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis, Amiah Miller, Alfred Molina and Maria Bello, The Water Man is set for a May release.