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.
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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