Idris Elba did some real horseback riding on the set of his new film, Concrete Cowboys. Spotted in North Philly, Elba, rode next to a horse trainer, getting to know both his role and his horse while in costume.

On his brown horse, Elba wore a beige cowboy hat, red bandana, grey button-down shirt and dark pants.

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The film was initially called Ghetto Cowboy, and it is based upon Greg Neri‘s novel of the same name. The book focuses on the life of a young boy named Cole, who is abandoned by his mother and then is introduced to a new lifestyle by the father, Harp, who he’s never met before. When Harp, played by Elba, and Cole, discover that their stable is being threatened with being shut down, the two do everything that they can to preserve it.

Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) will play the role of the 15-year-old Cole. The film is being directed by Ricky Staubs and co-written by Dan Walser. A release date for the film is yet to be announced.