Netflix snaps up Idris Elba and Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin's gritty western Concrete Cowboy

IDRIS Elba's latest film has been picked up by streaming giant Netflix. 

Concrete Cowboy also stars Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin, 19, and tells the story of a teenager who learns about the world of urban horseback riding when he moves in with his estranged father in north Philadelphia.

The film's first trailer showed the Luther star, 48, riding a horse alongside Caleb.

The actors were spotted in July filming Concrete Cowboy, in the streets of Philadelphia.

Based on the book Ghetto Cowboy by G Neri, the film was due for release in September but will likely premiere on Netflix in 2021.

Concrete Cowboy received critical acclaim when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also stars Dominic Jackson (Creed II), Method Man, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange is the New Black) and Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight).

The news comes after Idris received a special award for his contribution to television at virtual Bafta TV Awards.

Speaking before the event, the London native said it was “a great privilege” and that it was his “mission” to help give opportunities to growing talent in the industry. 

He also took the opportunity to chat about his first acting gig, insisting that he's not embarrassed to have broken onto TV by playing a murderer on Crimewatch.

Idris said: "I was thankful for the job. It sounds weird but, at the time, getting a job on Crimewatch was the first rung on the ladder.

"A lot of actors don’t like to admit they did Crimewatch, but I’m not embarrassed by it."

He also revealed the highlight of his career was playing Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in 2013.

He said: "Getting to play Nelson Mandela – that brings a lump to my throat. It was an honour to portray him.

"I dedicated that role to my dad. He reminded me of Mandela, with his big white hair and infectious smile.”

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