EXCLUSIVE: One of the original members from the iconic movie Flatliners is coming back for more. Kiefer Sutherland is joining the cast of the reboot of the 1990 film after schedules were worked out for the actor to do both his new ABC series Designated Survivor and the Sony feature film. Sutherland, who will play a seasoned doctor in the redo, joins Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemens. His deal is not completely closed but he has committed to doing it.
The original Flatliners cast included Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Billy Baldwin and Oliver Platt. The thriller followed five medical students who decide to trigger near-death experiences by purposely stopping their hearts. However, as they delve more into their work, the experiments become more and more dangerous and even scary as they are forced to confront the sins of their pasts as well as contend with the paranormal consequences of crossing a line to the other side.
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 movie is being produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas (who also produced the original movie).
The film goes into production in Toronto later this week.
Sutherland, probably best known for his starring role as Jack Bauer on the long-running Fox series 24, is repped by CAA and Management 360.