Kiefer Sutherland has revealed he will reprise his original character in the new Flatliners film.
The 49-year-old actor will be returning as former medical student Nelson Wright in the new reboot.
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.’
Kiefer starred alongside Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin, Julia Roberts and Oliver Platt in the 1990 film but he’s the only original cast member who will be back in the remake.
The film revolved around a group of students, led by Nelson, who carried out dangerous experiments in an attempt to prove there is an afterlife – with terrifying consequences.
Sutherland added: ‘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.’
The reboot stars War And Peace star James Norton, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page and Kiersey Clemons.
Flatliners arrives in US cinemas on August 18, 2017 with a UK release yet to be announced.
Kiefer Sutherland wanted to kill off “24’s” Jack Bauer, but Fox dramatically staged an intervention to keep the icon alive.
“24” co-creator and writer Howard Gordon said, “Kiefer actually wanted Jack Bauer to die, and we had many conversations about it … many of us, including his agent, tried to talk him out of it, but then there was an edict from very high up [within Fox] and Jack Bauer is still alive.”
Gordon said Sutherland’s desire to kill Bauer was inspired by the actor’s ambition to “do something different,” but also his somewhat “self-destructive personality.” But he added, “We were ready to move on. We all felt that character’s story has been told.” The last season saw Bauer hand himself over to the terrorists.
Sutherland had said last year, “’24’ is definitely over now for me … It’s one of the greatest gifts I’ve been given as an actor. But it’s moving on without me.” However, earlier this year, he softened his stance, saying, “I’ve learned enough over the last few years to not say ‘never.’”
Multiple Emmy-winning TV writer and producer Gordon spoke at a 21st Century Fox luncheon at the Cannes Lions festival hosted by executive chairmen Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch.
He discussed the spinoff “24: Legacy” that won’t star Sutherland — instead Corey Hawkins headlines as Bauer’s CTU successor — but said he hopes Jack Bauer could make a cameo. “There’s always a chance he could come back.” Fox green-lit the series in April with a 12-episode order.
Gordon, who also co-created and wrote “Homeland,” continued: “Jack Bauer has cast a very long and powerful shadow … Carrie Mathison [Claire Danes’ character in ‘Homeland’] was born out of Jack Bauer. So was Corey’s character. We are fishing in the same pond for stories … Jack Bauer is the atom.”
He added, “When ‘Homeland’ came, at the end of ’24’ … I realized there was no soldier represented on television who had come home from war, so that was the genesis of that.
“It was 10 years after 9/11 and the questions I was asking, was that we are 10 years later and well into two wars, what is the price we have paid for it, what does it mean to be afraid? Good drama is not answering the questions, but helping you pose the questions, and having the right characters to tell the story.”
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Kiefer Sutherland has released his second single, “Can’t Stay Away,” off his forthcoming album, Down in a Hole.
The track channels the vocals of those from the 1970s rock-meets-country era with a smooth guitar lick throughout the song that makes “Can’t Stay Away” an easy listen. Sutherland, who co-wrote or self-penned every song on the album, paints the lyrical picture of a love that he keeps coming back to, even in trying times.
For the new country singer, Sutherland has found great confidence within his music by allowing his songs to represent his experiences and thoughts he’s dealt with throughout his life. His new record reveals the untold stories that Sutherland has now unfolded to his fans musically.
“This record is the closest thing I’ve ever had to a journal or diary. All of these songs are pulled from my own personal experiences. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn’t counted on,” Sutherland said.
Sutherland’s debut album will be released later this summer. He will be heading to Canada for tour, starting June 16 in Gravenhurst and wrapping on July 30 in North Bay. Fans can check out more tour dates HERE.