Christian Slater

Film vet Christian Slater, who last fall played a superspy in NBC's short-lived My Own Worst Enemy, is in talks to front ABC's new Jerry Bruckheimer-produced crime drama.

In The Forgotten, Slater would fill the lead role of a former cop who heads up a team of amateur detectives. Among the character's baggage is the fact that his 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years prior.

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British actor Rupert Penry-Jones (BBC's Spooks) played the role in the pilot. The Forgotten is also recasting one of the detectives, originally played by 24 alumna Reiko Aylesworth.

An ABC source says that Slater's casting is only a rumor at this point, and that no deal has been made.

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The Forgotten premieres Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10 pm/ET.

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