More than 25 years after he discovered that “today wasn’t a good day to die,” Kiefer Sutherland will be journeying to the other side again as he has joined the cast of the Flatliners remake in a key supporting role.
Released back in 1990, Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Oliver Platt, William Baldwin and Kevin Bacon starred as a group of medical students who undergo near death experiences to discover the secrets of the afterlife. A side effect of their awfully big adventure takes the nightmarish form of their darkest secrets which begin to manifest in their waking lives.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev (Mr. Robot), the new Flatliners will more or less follow the same set-up, but the presence of Kiefer Sutherland now suggests that the reboot could be more of a sequel than a remake. While no details on Sutherland’s role have been confirmed, it is believed that he will be reprising his character (Nelson Wright) from the original movie.
The next generation of Flatliners includes Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev and James Norton; filming is currently underway with a release planned for late 2017.
According to Deadline, Sutherland hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet owing to his commitments on his new ABC TV show, Designated Survivor. The political thriller finds Sutherland’s low-level politician sworn in as President of the United States of America in the aftermath of a terrorist attack. Created by Safe House writer David Guggenheim, Designated Survivor was given a straight to series order last year and will debut on ABC this September. Meanwhile, Sutherland's previous TV hit 24 is also undergoing the reboot treatment, 24: Legacy features a new group of CTU agents led by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) , Sutherland is still involved as a producer and might be lured back for a cameo if producer Howard Gordon has his way.