Hollywood’s reboot train rolls on with Flatliners, a reboot of the 1990 sci-fi film of the same name. But there’s more to this new version than meets the eye, as the movie is essentially a sequel in addition to being a remake — complete with the return of a key character.
We’ve known for a while that Kiefer Sutherland would be reprising his role of Nelson, the medical student who begins experimenting with death and the afterlife and suffers some unintended consequences (naturally) in the original. The reboot seems to feature the same basic plot of the original, with a new group of young med students performing these same experiments, but there’s one big difference: The presence of someone who’s done it before in Nelson. Now, in the film’s latest TV spot, we actually get our fist look at Sutherland in character as a white-haired Nelson, who’s apparently a professor at the students’ medical school.
It’s not clear how big of a role Sutherland will play in the film, but the actor stated last year that his character’s true identity isn’t revealed in the new film — it’s only implied — meaning that possibly only fans of the original are going to be able to deduce the importance of his character. We guess we’ll find out for sure when the film hits theaters on September 29.