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August 09, 2019

Idris Elba seen riding horseback in Philly for 'Concrete Cowboys'

It's not just Jason Segel and André 3000 making appearances in Philadelphia this summer. Superstar actor Idris Elba was spotted in Philly this week getting horseback riding lessons for his upcoming role in "Concrete Cowboys," a film exploring the city's tradition of urban equestrians.

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Elba was photographed by Philly photographer and PhillyVoice contributor HughE Dillon, who shared it on his Instagram page.

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First photo of @idriselba riding a horse on the newly renamed #concretecowboys movie this morning . Formerly known as Ghetto Cowboys. The film is based on a book by Gregory Nero, about the relationship between a boy and his dad and how world of urban horseback riding brought them together. Director and production by local company @neighborhoodfilm PS What an honor it was to get this shot. I can’t wait for the movie. What a week shooting @sallyfield #dispatchesfromelsewhere , then @ Bruce Springsteen last night in Asbury Park, and then this beautiful movie. #filminginphilly #phillygossip #celebsinphilly #phillychitchat Thanks @gpfophillyfilm for your hard work . More pics from all the film shoots on blog. Link in Profile. #VisitPhilly #PhillyWood still to film this year @katewinsslet in October

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The photo was taken in Spring Garden, where Dillon said they were shooting at an old SEPTA train tunnel.

This is a tunnel which the Rail Yard folks would like to incorporate in their master plan. Last year it was approved a developer could build a 10 story condo on this property – 2100 Hamilton Street. I see work has begun. No sightings of Idris Elba during the shoot, but on Sunday he was spotted at Cake in Chestnut Hill. A tipster also told me he’s been working with a speech therapist to master a Philadelphian accent.

Elba signed on to the movie, formerly called "Ghetto Cowboys," last August. The film is based on a novel by Greg Neri and centers on a North Philadelphia father who mentors his 15-year-old son in the unique urban pastime of Fletcher Street Stables. The teen will be played by "Stranger Things" star Caleb McLaughlin. 

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Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin ride together in Philly on the set of “Concrete Cowboy.”

A timeline for the movie's release isn't yet known, but we'll likely be seeing more of Elba around town in August. It'll be hard to miss him if he's riding a horse.