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Kiefer Sutherland, star of the original ‘Flatliners,’ to join the cast of remake

The upcoming remake of 1990’s Flatliners has convinced one of the film’s original stars to cross over to the new version of the popular thriller.

Kiefer Sutherland is reportedly finalizing a deal to appear in the remake of Flatliners from Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the foreign-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The 24 star was one of the primary cast members in the original film directed by Joel Schumacher.

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According to Deadline, Sutherland will play a “seasoned doctor” in the film, which isn’t being envisioned as a sequel to its 1990 predecessor, so he won’t be reprising his role from the original film.

Schumacher’s 1990 thriller was penned by Peter Filardi (The Craft) and followed a group of medical students who begin experimenting with near-death experiences, only to discover that the closer they get to death, the more they must confront the sins of their past. The film was an ensemble project of sorts, with Sutherland joined by Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon in the cast.

The remake of Flatliners also looks to be an ensemble project, featuring a cast that (so far) includes Oscar nominee Ellen Page (Juno), Diego Luna (Milk), and Nina Dobrev (the Vampire Diaries), as well as James Norton (Rush) and Kiersey Clemens (Dope). The film’s script was penned by Source Code writer Ben Ripley.

Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas, who produced the original movie, will serve as producers on the remake.

There’s currently no official release date for the film, but it’s expected to go into production soon in Toronto.

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