Trailer: Idris Elba takes the old town road in ‘Concrete Cowboy’
When fifteen year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things) is expelled from school in Detroit, he is sent to North Philadelphia to live with Harp (Idris Elba, Luther), 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 (Emmy Award winner Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us), Cole begins to reprioritize his life as the stables themselves are threatened by encroaching gentrification.
A hit when it premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival an 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.
Concrete Cowboy will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix April 2. Here is the trailer.
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