Christian Slater closes in on role in ABC series

Thu Jul 2, 2009 12:53am EDT
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By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Christian Slater is in negotiations to star in the new ABC series "The Forgotten."

The mystery drama revolves around a group of amateur detectives led by a former cop (Slater) whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years earlier.

Slater would replace British actor Rupert Penry-Jones, who played the lead in the pilot. Another role, that of a female member of the sleuth squad, also is being recast.

"Forgotten" will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and is scheduled to bow September 22. It would mark Slater's second turn as a TV leading man after last year's short-lived NBC spy drama "My Own Worst Enemy," for which he received good reviews.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>Actor Christian Slater poses at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival world premiere of "Paper Man" at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California June 18, 2009. The festival runs June 18-28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>