It’s been a while since we heard anything about Concrete Cowboy, the Idris Elba film in which he plays an urban cowboy on the streets of Philadelphia. I saw it at Middleburg a few months ago, not long after it had been acquired by Netflix. And now the streamer has finally given it a release date of April 2nd.
The film marks the directorial debut of Ricky Staub, and stars Elba as Harp, a Philadelphia man who seeks to help his estranged son (Caleb McLaughlin of Stranger Things) stay out of trouble by having him work at the Fletcher Street Stables, a real-life Black urban horsemanship community that has existed for over 100 years.
Also in the cast are Jharrel Jerome, Method Man, Byron Bowers, and Lorraine Toussaint. G. Neri’s novel Ghetto Cowboy served as the inspiration.