Trailer: Cowboy Concrete rides on to Netflix this April
James R | On 16, Mar 2021
“There’s a horse in your house.” That’s the sound of Idris Elba riding on to Netflix for Concrete Cowboy, and a new trailer gives us a first look at the film.
Directed by Rick Staub, it follows 15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when his mother sends him to North Philadelphia to live with his dad, Harp, played by Elba. The film is based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri and is co-written by Staub. Elba and Lee Daniels are among the producers of the film.
The cast also includes Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint and Clifford “Method Man” Smith. After the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year, Netflix picked up the rights. It will premiere worldwide on 2nd April.
Here’s the trailer:
Netflix saddles up for Idris Elba’s Concrete Cowboy
28th October 2020
Netflix is saddling up with Idris Elba for new western Concrete Cowboy.
The film, which is directed by Rick Staub, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Now, Netflix has picked up the worldwide rights to the movie.
Co-starring Caleb McLaughlin,, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Clifford “Method Man” Smith, the film follows a troubled teen caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s urban-cowboy subculture.
McLaughlin plays 15-year-old Cole, who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when his mother sends him to North Philadelphia to live with his dad, Harp, played by Elba. The film is based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri and is written by Staub and Walser. Elba and Lee Daniels are among the producers of the film.
“For a long time, there’s been a real sort of mistelling of history around Black people and horses and cowboys and whatnot,” Elba told Variety in an interview at TIFF. “It feels really apt to be able to tell a part history that’s been definitely buried, and in the case of Concrete Cowboy that history is right now. Those stables — they face being taken away forever and, part of what Ricky said to me was that, ‘I’m hoping that we made this movie and they keep the stables, based on the fact that people fall in love with the story and history and heritage of the stables.’”
The film joins a number of films acquired by Netflix at TIFF this year, including Bruised, Malcolm & Marie and Pieces of a Woman.
Concrete Cowboy will be released by Netflix in 2021.