Concrete Cowboy Cast & Character Guide
Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba, is now available on Netflix. Here is a guide to the cast and characters appearing in the West.
Concrete cowboy starring Idris Elba, but who plays him and how do you know the other actors? Netflix 2021 is based on Greg Neri’s 2011 novel Ghetto Cowboy, a story about a unique North Philadelphia community. The Concrete Cowboy includes real riders from the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club and stars Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin in one of the lead roles.
In Concrete Cowboy, a 15-year-old named Cole (McLaughlin) has problems in high school in Detroit, and then relocates to Philadelphia to live with his estranged father, the harp (Elba) – owner of Fletcher Street Stables. Cole initially struggles to acclimatize and starts with his childhood friend, Smush, who is involved in the local drug trade. The harp lives with the mantra “Hard things come before good things” and decides to help his son only when the boy chooses to work beyond the game. This particular cowboy follows the protagonists and their colleagues in the community as they try to maintain their preferred lifestyle.
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The main character of Concrete Cowboy is led by Elba and McLaglin, who carry the burden for most of the narrative. Several non-professional actors have prominent roles, including a real Philadelphia cowboy named Jamil Prattis, who offers a distinctive performance as one of Cole’s mentors. Here is a guide to actors and characters to help you identify the main players in Concrete Cowboy on Netflix.
Idris Elba as a harp
Idris Elba stars as Harp, owner of Fletcher Street Stables who tries to keep his business alive while linked to his estranged son. Elba played Stringer Bell on The Wire and starred as John Luther in Luther. MCU fans may know him as Heimdall, while DCEU fans may recognize him as Bloodsport from The Suicide Squad.
Caleb McLaughlin as Cole
Caleb McLaughlin co-stars in Concrete Cowboy as Cole, a troubled youth who turns his life around after learning valuable lessons from his father and other Philadelphia natives. He is tempted by the streets, but finds peace, working with horses in the harp stable. McLaughlin portrays Darius in High Flying Bird and appears as Lucas Sinclair in Stranger Things.
Jharrel Jerome as Smush
Jharrel Jerome appears in the middle of this cowboy cast as Smush, Cole’s childhood friend offering guidance to Philadelphia. He is a charismatic man, but his ego leads to problems with a local gangster. Jerome played Jerome Robinson in Mr. Mercedes and Korey Wise in When They See Us.
Lorraine Toussaint as Nessie
Lorraine Toussaint portrays Nessie in Concrete Cowboy, harp neighbor. He remembers Cole from his childhood and offers advice to be a responsible adult. Toussaint introduced Amelia Boynton to Selma and Vee Parker to Orange Is the New Black. She is currently appearing as Vi Marsette in The Equalizer.
Supporting actors and characters of a specific cowboy
Clifford “Method Man” Smith as Leros: A policeman warns the harp about the conditions of his stable. Clifford Smith is a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan’s iconic hip-hop group. He starred as Silas P. Silas in How High and played Davis McClean in Power Book II: Ghost.
Byron Bowers as Rome: A bearded local racing the harp during a festival. Byron Bowers played Meldrick in Chi and Percy in Meli Boyt.
Liz Priestley as beautiful: Cole’s mother who drops him in the Harp neighborhood at the beginning of the film. Liz Priestley played Crafty in Jessica Jones.
Ivannah-Mercedes as Esha: The female Harp employee who forms a strong bond with Cole. Ivannah-Mercedes makes her film debut in Concrete Cowboy. He is a real Fletcher Street rider.
Devenie Young as Train: Smush’s sister who lives on the road from the harp. She tells Cole that her house is not an “orphanage”. Devenie Young makes her film debut in Concrete Cowboy.
Jamil Prattis as Paris: A wheelchair user who teaches Cole how to make Fletcher Street stables. Jamil Prattis makes his film debut in Concrete Cowboy. He is a real rider on Fletcher Street.
Michael Ta’Bon as Jalen: A gangster trying to kidnap Sousse. Michael Ta’Bon makes his feature film debut in Concrete Cowboy.
Concrete cowboy was released in April 2021 on Netflix.
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