Idris Elba has signed on to star in the upcoming novel-turned-movie, Ghetto Cowboy. The Luther actor will produce under his Green Door Pictures banner as well as star as the father of 15-year-old Cole who is forced to live with his dad in North Philadelphia. Despite the cities violence and poverty, young Cole finds an outlet in urban horseback riding. 

“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 honor their legacy with this film,” director Ricky Staub said. Idris 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."

Ghetto Cowboy is based off the novel written by Gregory Neri published in 2011.

In other Idris acting news, the UK actor is set to join the Fast and Furious spinoff with Dwayne The Rock Johnson, to play a villain. There's been no set release date for the spin-off, but the drama surrounding the movie has kept us all busy in the meantime. As previously posted, Tyrese has been nothing but hostile about the idea of a spinoff without him.