The project, which will be the directorial debut of Ricky Straub, is set to adapt the award-winning novel of the same name by Greg Neri. Elba will also join the feature as a producer. Ghetto Cowboy will follow a 15-year-old boy named Cole, who is forced to live with his estranged father (Elba) in North Philadelphia. Whilst there, between the poverty and gangland violence, Cole discovers the world of urban horse riding.
Idris Elba recently joined Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw, as the primary antagonist. No release date for Ghetto Cowboy has been set.