It’s a superstar flip that didn’t come convenient for McLaughlin. The Broadway alum beat out some 1,500 actors to land the position of 15-year-old Cole, who will become immersed in the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, a neighborhood of Black horse fans that has existed in Philadelphia for greater than a century. After receiving the script from his WME agents, McLaughlin watched director Ricky Staub’s quick The Cage, which chronicles inner-city lifestyles in Philadelphia, and set his points of interest on the role.
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