Check out the new Concrete Cowboy Netflix trailer as Idris Elba teaches Caleb McLaughlin how to be a cowboy.

This upcoming Netflix film, debuting April 2, is based on a novel by G. Neri and inspired by the real-life “Fletcher Street Cowboys.”


The plot: While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen (Caleb McLaughlin) is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s (Idris Elba) vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Inspired by the novel “Ghetto Cowboy” by G. Neri.

Director Ricky Staub not only got positive feedback on his film, but got praise from one of his stars as well.

“I was like, ‘Wow, this guy Ricky is so talented. I knew I had to jump on this with him and talk to him on the phone,” McLaughlin said in a past interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “And he was like, ‘Hey man, I want you to audition.’ A week later, I did a self-tape and didn’t hear back for a whole month. And then I heard that I got the role, and I was like, ‘I’m going to Philly!’”

And of course, Staub had nothing but praise for 18-year-old McLaughlin as well. 

“Caleb blew me away,” said Staub, who also is making his feature debut, in the same interview. “His tape really became the one that I always went back to, that always stuck with me. I feel like I’m working with a young Denzel at the beginning of his career. Some of the performances he would pull out, like a scene in which he confronts [Elba’s character] — my eyes were welling. On the first run! This kid was reaching for another level.”

Caleb McLaughlin, is best known for his star power in the hit series, Stranger Things, as Lucas Sinclair. This is the first feature film debut for McLaughlin as he stars alongside Elba. We cannot wait until April 2nd! Tune-in and let us know what you think of the film. We want to hear from you! 

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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