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'Stranger Things' Star Caleb McLaughlin Cast as Idris Elba's Son in New Film 'Concrete Cowboys'

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 28: Caleb McLaughlin
 attends the "Stranger Things" Season 3 World Premiere on June 28, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix)
"Stranger Things" Season 3 World Premiere | Rachel Murray/Getty Images

Stranger ThingsCaleb McLaughlin is setting aside Lucas’ sweet, nerdy demeanor to play something a little more rough around the edges.

Digital Spy reports that the New York native will be playing opposite Idris Elba in the upcoming film Concrete Cowboys. McLaughlin will play Cole, a troubled teenager who is reunited with his estranged father (Elba) in Philadelphia, and is introduced to a subculture of African American horse riders called the “Concrete Cowboys.”

The film is based on a real-life group of people living in Philadelphia. The Wall Street Journal reports that the organization was founded by a man named Malik Divers. For decades, Divers has ran the small stable, using the horses as a way to keep young people off the turbulent streets. The teens ride and care for the horses, as well as maintain the stables.

Though McLaughlin became an overnight fan-favorite with Netflix series, Stranger Things, Concrete Cowboys will be his first major film role.

Though Elba recently just kicked some serious butt in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, is the 46-year-old Englishman going to have the same success on the back of a horse?

We know McLaughlin will be just fine; he has already helped defeat the Mind Flayer (twice), so riding a horse should be no big deal.