Idris Elba Teams with Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin for Concrete Cowboys
According to Deadline, Idris Elba and Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin have teamed up for the true-life story Concrete Cowboys from director/writer Ricky Staub.
Per the report, “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 safe haven for the neighborhood.” The film’s plot centers on 15-year old Cole (McLaughlin) who moves in with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in Philadelphia, where he is introduced to the vibrant urban cowboy subculture in the city, “which flourishes despite the surrounding poverty, violence, and encroachment of gentrification.”
Staub wrote the screenplay, based in part by the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri; and will make his directorial debut on the pic.
The film also stars Emmy-nominated Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us), Lorraine Toussaint (The Village), and Byron Bowers (The Chi).
Tucker Tooley Entertainment will finance the production, with Lee Daniels Entertainment, Tucker Tooley Entertainment and Elba’s Green Door Pictures serving as producers. Elba will also produce alongside Daniels, Tooley, Walser, Waxylu Films’ Jennifer Madelof and Jeff Waman. Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt, Sam Mercer, Tegan Jones, Staci Hagenbaugh and Neri will serve as executive producers.
Elba can currently be seen in the box office hit Hobbs & Shaw alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. You can see McLaughlin in Stranger Things 3 currently streaming on Netflix.