Netflix’s ‘Concrete Cowboy’ Sets April 2021 Release Date

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Idris Elba is taking his horse to Netflix in the new upcoming Western drama, Concrete Cowboy. Set to arrive on Netflix on April 2nd, 2021, the western has an exciting cast of actors that many subscribers will recognize from other popular Originals. We’re keeping track of everything you’ll need to know about Concrete Cowboy including the plot, cast, trailers, and the Netflix release date.

Concrete Cowboy is an upcoming Netflix Original western-drama directed by Ricky Staub and based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. Alongside Dan Walser, Staub wrote the screenplay for the feature and was inspired to write the movie after witnessing real-life urban cowboys in Philadelphia. While doing research on the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, it ultimately lead Staub to discover Greg Neri’s book on which the film is based on.


When is the Concrete Cowboy Netflix release date?

The official release date for Concrete Cowboy on Netflix is April 2nd, 2021.

The feature has already made its theatrical debut when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13th, 2020. In the following month, Netflix acquired the distribution rights to the film.


What is the plot of Concrete Cowboy?

Fifteen-year-old Cole moves from Detroit to North Philidelphia to live with his estranged father. Upon arriving Cole discovers “the world of urban horseback riding”.

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Who are the cast members of Concrete Cowboy?

The following cast members have been confirmed to star in Concrete Cowboy:

Role Cast Member Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?
Harp Idris Elba Beasts of No Nation | Thor: Ragnarok | The Losers
Leroy Method Man How High | Garden State | Method & Red
Nessie Lorraine Toussaint Hudson Hawk | Selma | Orange Is the New Black
Cole Caleb McLaughlin Stranger Things | The New Edition Story | High Flying Bird
Smush Jharrel Jerome Moonlight | When They See Us | Mr. Mercedes
Rome Byron Bowers Honey Boy | Loiter Squad | Ridiculousness
Amahle Liz Priestley Faithful
Esha Ivannah-Mercedes *Debuts in Concrete Cowboy*

At least five of the cast of Concrete Cowboy have starred in one, or multiple Netflix Originals. For Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin, Concrete Cowboy is his second feature film to date.


How are the reviews for Concrete Cowboy?

Given the movie has already premiered, you’ll be able to find plenty of opinions on the movie.

The general consensus at least according to RottenTomatoes is that critics enjoyed the performances of the main cast and praised the director. It currently sits at 77% on RT with 43 reviews contributing to that score.

Katie Rife of AV Club called the movie a “little corny at times” but added that it “looks good and has heart”.


When and where was Concrete Cowboy filmed?

Principal photography for the film began in August 2019 and took place in North Philadelphia.

Interestingly, Idris Elba is actually allergic to horses as he mentioned in a panel at the Toronto Film Festival saying: “In defense, I’m allergic to horses, OK. I couldn’t see what I was doing, I couldn’t breathe,”.


Will Concrete Cowboy be available to stream in 4K?

By now many subscribers will have learned that the majority of the latest Netflix Originals are available to stream in 4K. It can be assumed that Concrete Cowboy will be available to stream in 4k, but to do so you will need a 4k device, a premium Netflix subscription, and an internet connection capable of maintaining 25 Mbps.


Are you excited for the release of Concrete Cowboy on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and serves as one of the lead writers here on What's on Netflix. Jacob covers all things Netflix movies and TV shows but specializes in covering anime and K-dramas. Resides in the United Kingdom.