Former "X Factor" U.S. contestant Astro (whose real name is Brian Bradley) is returning to the Fox network — this time, as an actor on the drama series "Red Band Society," which premieres in the autumn of 2014 on a date to be announced. Ironically, "Red Band Society" will occupy the same time slot (Wednesday from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time) that "The X Factor" U.S. had before Fox cancelled the show.
"The X Factor" U.S.'s third and final season ended in December 2013. Two months later, Fox announced that the show was cancelled, a decision that had been expected due to the show's rapidly declining ratings.
Here is a description of "Red Band Society" from Fox: "From Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and starring Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer ('The Help,' 'Fruitvale Station'), Dave Annable ('Brothers & Sisters,' '666 Park Avenue') and a charismatic cast of fresh faces, 'Red Band Society' is a provocative, inspiring and, at times, comic young ensemble drama told through the eyes of a group of teenagers who meet as patients in the pediatric ward of Ocean Park Hospital in Los Angeles."
Bradley, who is 17, plays a character named Dash in "Red Band Society." Other co-stars in "Red Band Society" include Nolan Sotillo, Zoe Levin, Griffin Gluck, Ciara Bravo, Rebecca Rittenhouse and Charlie Rowe.
After his time on "The X Factor," Bradley is having more success as an actor than he is as music artist.
Bradley (who also goes by the stage name the Astronomical Kid) is a rapper who came in seventh place on "The X Factor" U.S.'s first season in 2011. He was signed to Epic Records in 2012, when he worked on his first Epic Records album with producers Pharrell Williams and Boi-1da. The album was never released. In 2013, Bradley announced that he had parted ways with Epic Records. In 2012, Astro was featured on a remix of Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back," which was his only music that was released on Epic Records.
In 2012, Bradley made a guest appearance on the CBS drama "Person of Interest" and has done occasional performances on the East Coast. After his time on "The X Factor," Astro has independently released several songs and mixtapes as free downloads.
Bradley is also one of the co-stars of the Relativity Media sci-fi film "Earth to Echo," about a trio of adolescent friends who discover an outer-space alien in their neighborhood. Bradley plays Tuck, one of the friends. After multiple delays, "Earth to Echo" is set for release in U.S. and Canadian cinemas on July 2, 2014.
As previously reported, Bradley is also in the Liam Neeson drama film "A Walk Among the Tombstones," which will be distributed in North America by Universal Pictures. The movie, which began filming in New York City in March 2013, will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Sept. 19, 2014. On March 13, 2013, production company Cross Creek Pictures announced several of the movie's other cast members, including Bradley, who plays a 17-year-old homeless artist named TJ in the movie.
Here is the description of "A Walk Among the Tombstones" from a press release:
"Written and to be directed by Academy Award nominated 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. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being 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. 'A Walk Among the Tombstones' is also produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures with Exclusive Media under their joint co-production deal. Tyler Thompson, Cross Creek Pictures' Executive Senior Vice President, will serve as executive producer along with Kerry Orent ('Duplicity' 'Definitely Maybe,' 'Michael Clayton').
"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."