Kiefer Sutherland is back in new Flatliners TV spot

Flatliners may be getting a reboot soon, but it won't be forgetting about the original. As shown in a recent TV spot, Kiefer Sutherland is back in action for the upcoming film, which tells the story of a group of medical students who decide to try briefly dying before being resurrected– flatlining– but end up experiencing unexpected negative effects.

Sutherland played Nelson Wright, a member of the original group of medical students, in the 1990 film on which the movie is based. He previously said in an interview with Metro that he will be playing an adult Wright, now a professor at the university, again in the reboot, although it may not be totally clear to the casual viewer. 

"It is never stated but it will probably be 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," he said. "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." 

While Sutherland is only briefly shown in the TV spot, it does feature a lot of the creepy moments shown in the movie's previous trailers. "What happens to us after we die?" Ellen Page's Courtney begins the spot by asking. While the group is excited to have witnessed the afterlife at first, they soon realize that they have unleashed a force they are unprepared to handle.

The remake, which also stars Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, and Kiersey Clemons, was directed by Mr. Robot's Niels Arden based on a script from Source Code's Ben Ripley. It hits theaters on Sept. 29; for now, see some of the other entertainment events you won't want to miss this month.