Back in early July, Deadline was first to report that Kiefer Sutherland had been attached to appear in the Flatliners reboot hitting theaters in 2017. What was uncertain, though, was whether the actor would be reprising the role of Nelson Wright (his character in the original), which would mean the reboot is actually a 27-years-later sequel.
Wonder no longer; late last week, Sutherland told Metro:
“I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original ‘Flatliners’ but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film.
“I loved making the first film and when I was asked if I would be interested in taking part in this, it didn’t take more than a minute to say yes,”
In the original Flatliners: Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.
2017’s Flatliners is being directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the Swedish Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, TV’s Mr. Robot) from a script by Ben Ripley (Source Code). The film will star Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemens.