After his death in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Idris Elba finds himself headed to the streets of North Philadelphia in a neo-western film, Concrete Cowboy. The film first premiered at Toronto Film Festival in September 2020 and was picked up by Netflix, who just announced the release date for next month.
The film follows fifteen year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin) who is expelled from school in Detroit, he is sent to North Philadelphia to live with Harp (Idris Elba), his estranged father. Harp finds solace in rehabilitating horses for inner city cowboys at the Fletcher Street Stables, a real-life black urban horsemanship community that has provided a safe haven for the neighborhood residents for more than 100 years. Torn between his growing respect for his father’s community and his reemerging friendship with troubled cousin Smush (Jharrel Jerome), Cole begins to reprioritize his life as the stables themselves are threatened by encroaching gentrification.
Inspired by the novel “Ghetto Cowboy” by G. Neri, Concrete Cowboy is directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ricky Staub, written by Ricky Staub and Dan Walser and produced by Tucker Tooley, Lee Daniels, Idris Elba, Dan Walser, Jeff Waxman and Jennifer Madeloff. Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, Clifford “Method Man” Smith and members of the Fletcher Street Stables also co-star in this moving father-son drama about a teen caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s vibrant urban-cowboy subculture.
While we wait on the trailer from Netflix, be on the lookout for Concrete Cowboy will debut on Netflix on April 2. Check out the poster below.