X Factor season 1 alum, Astro, has landed a part in a major motion picture. Principal photography has begun in New York on A Walk Among the Tombstones. The young rapper will join an impressive cast that includes Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken), Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), Boyd Holbrook (The Host, Milk), David Harbour (Snitch, End of Watch) and Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story)
The film was written and will be directed by Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block.
Produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, Jersey Films along with Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, Astro plays a homeless 17 year old artist:
An ex-NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic haunted by regrets, Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) has a lot to make up for. When a series of kidnappings targeting the wives of drug dealers escalates to grisly murder, Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) and his brother (Boyd Holbrook) hunt the two men down and bring them to bloody justice. An unlicensed private detective, Matt gets help from his former colleague (Ruth Wilson) and a homeless 17 year-old artist, TJ (Astro.) Operating just outside the law to track down the monsters responsible, Scudder stops just short of becoming one himself.
Astro recently released a new mixtape, Deadbeats and Lazy Lyrics, which you can download here for free.