The yee-haw agenda is in full effect! Production has commenced on Concrete Cowboys (fka Ghetto Cowboy), the Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin-led film based on a real-life Black horsemanship community.
Emmy nominee Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint and Byron Bowers are also lined up for the film, inspired by the popular novel, Ghetto Cowboy, by Greg Neri. Elba was first attached to the project last April.
The description, per Deadline who broke the news of the additional castings, reads: The film is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables, a black urban horsemanship community which has existed in Philadelphia for more than 100 years providing a safe haven for the neighborhood. Concrete Cowboys follows 15-year-old Cole (McLaughlin) who is taken to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia, where he discovers the city’s vibrant urban cowboy subculture, which flourishes despite the surrounding poverty, violence, and encroachment of gentrification.
Elba is a producer on the film, which is the feature directorial debut for Ricky Staub. The lead role is a star-making opportunity for McLaughlin in his own right, who has starred as one of the ensemble youths in Netflix’s Stranger Things since 2016. Lee Daniels Entertainment is among the film’s producers.