EXCLUSIVE: Here’s first footage of Toronto Film Festival father-son drama Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba and Stranger Things breakout Caleb McLaughlin.
Set amongst the North Philadelphia urban cowboy subculture, the film is inspired by the real-life Fletcher Street Stables – a black urban horsemanship community – and by the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri.
The story follows 15 year-old Cole (McLaughlin) who is taken to live with his estranged father Harp (Idris Elba). Torn between his growing respect for his father’s community at the stables and his re-emerging friendship with his troubled cousin, Cole begins to re-prioritize his life as the stables themselves are threatened by encroaching gentrification.
Also starring are Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Cliff Smith, Byron Bowers. Script comes from Staub and Dan Walser.
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Produced by Elba and Philadelphia native Lee Daniels, first-time director Ricky Staub made the tribute to his neighborhood in collaboration with the community members of the Fletcher Street Stables who are featured throughout the film.
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