Netflix acquires the global rights to Concrete Cowboy, Idris Elba’s next film

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Idris Elba will headline Concrete Cowboy, which is the latest high profile project to be picked up by Netflix and its sizeable chequebook.

The rights to the Idris Elba-headlined upcoming urban cowboy film Concrete Cowboy have been snapped up by Netflix, on whose service the film will make its bow in all territories worldwide.

Charting the developing relationship between an estranged father and son (played by Elba and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin respectively), the film takes place in Philadelphia where an actual community of black, city-dwelling cowboys have been established for over a century now.

Dark Horizons is reporting that the film is set to be released in 2021, and marks the debut directorial feature for the project’s director, Ricky Staub. Early reviews for the film have been positive, especially in its depiction of this fascinating American subculture of black cowboys, which has largely been ignored in the past hundred years of cinema. Several of the real Philadelphian cowboys appear in roles within the film too.

Elba will next be seen in the ensemble for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, whilst filming on his current movie, The Harder They Fall, was recently paused amidst a confirmed Covid case on set.

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