Elba and McLaughlin are starring in the drama, which has begun production in Philadelphia, Deadline reports. The young "Stranger Things" actor will play Cole, a teen who is estranged from his father, Harp (Elba), but is taken to live with him in north Philadelphia. There, he'll be introduced to urban horsemanship. The film also stars Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, and Byron Bowers.
"Concrete Cowboys" is inspired by the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a real-life club where inner-city kids learn about riding and caring for horses. It also draws inspiration from Greg Neri's novel "Ghetto Cowboy." Ricky Staub and Dan Walser wrote the script, and Staub is directing.
Elba's most recent film, "Hobbs & Shaw," opened last week. Other notable films he's starred in include "Molly's Game," "Beasts of No Nation," and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Meanwhile, McLaughlin is best known for a series; he stars in "Stranger Things," which released its third season in July.
Elba is one of the "Concrete Cowboys" producers via Green Door Pictures alongside Walser, Lee Daniels of Lee Daniels Entertainment, Tucker Tooley of Tucker Tooley Entertainment, Jeff Waxman, and Jennifer Madeloff. Neri, Greg Renker, Jason Barhydt, Sam Mercer, Tegan Jones, and Staci Hagenbaugh are all executive producing. The film is backed by Tucker Tooley Entertainment.