Idris Elba has set his next film. Having recently signed on for the rather large role as the villain in the Fast & Furious spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, the actor has now joined the ensemble cast of Ghetto Cowboy.
Based on the award-winning novel by Greg Neri, the film will follow 15-year-old Cole, who is forced to live with his estranged father Harp in North Philadelphia, where despite the poverty and violence that now surrounds him, he discovers the redemptive world of urban horseback riding.
Elba will play Harp, while the film will mark the feature directorial debut of Ricky Staub, who has also co-written the screenplay alongside Dan Walser. Staub said: “This story was built out of a deep friendship and collaboration with the riders of North Philly, and I couldn’t be more excited to honour their legacy with this film”. While Elba himself added:
“Ricky and Dan’s brilliant script combines the energy and grit of an urban movie with the poetry and romance of the urban cowboy way of life”.
It’s another intriguing-looking project for Elba. He’s also currently in production on the Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie, which he created and will star in, while he also recently directed the Sundance hit Yardie. He’s always been good at balancing a variety of disparate roles and movies, and his latest slate looks no different.