You may have already spotted James Norton in British TV shows like War & Peace, Happy Valley, and Grantchester, but his new role in the upcoming Flatliners sequel might see him win over Hollywood.
The new film is a follow-up to the 1990 cult horror classic of the same name, which told the story of a group of medical students played by Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, and Kevin Bacon, who seek to find out the truth about the afterlife by subjecting each other to near-death experiences.
The update features an equally cool cast led by Juno‘s Ellen Page, Diego Luna (Rogue One), and Nina Dobrec (The Vampire Diaries), but arguably it’s James who has the most to gain, given this is his first major role in a Hollywood movie.
He plays Jamie, a medical student who’s convinced by colleague Courtney (Page) to stop and restart her heart so she can get an insight into what comes after death. As in the original film, things seem hunky-dory until a ghostly presence starts to haunt and torment them as the lines between the dead and the living blur.
Cue a lot of highly-charged, stylish shots — exactly what you’d expect from director Niels Arden Oplev, who previously made the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — and even a steamy shower scene or two.
But that’s not all: this role also requires James to have an American accent. Take a look to see if he pulls it off:
Flatliners opens in theaters on September 29 this year.
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