Kiefer Sutherland (24) is going back to his roots, returning for a forthcoming remake of the early 1990s sci-fi thriller Flatliners. In the new version, the actor will reportedly play the role of a “seasoned doctor.”
According to the original film’s description, “At University Hospital School of Medicine, a group of ambitious medical students are about to die . . . and live to tell about it. Embarking on a daring and arrogant experiment, the five aim to push through the confines of life and touch the face of death.”
During their risky, secret experiment, the students take turns stopping their hearts until the monitors reading their vital signs show only flat lines. Moments later, their peers step in to revive them with medical equipment. Searching for knowledge, the students must face the consequences of tampering with immortality when they return from their brief trip to the afterlife and are forced to deal with their past transgressions in the present.
Other actors who have been cast include Ellen Page (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), James Norton, (Grantchester; War & Peace) and Kiersey Clemens, last seen in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.
Directing the movie is Niels Arden Oplev, best known for the Swedish language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the TV series Unforgettable. The new screenplay was penned by Ben Ripley of the Species franchise.
Kiefer Sutherland will next appear in the big screen drama Beat-up Little Seagull, out later this year. He is also working on the TV thriller series Designated Survivor, premiering on ABC September 21.
Flatliners is expected to hit theaters sometime next year.