Christian Slater circles ABC series

Eyes starring role in new show 'The Forgotten'

Christian Slater is in negotiations to star in ABC's new series "The Forgotten."

"Forgotten," from WBTV and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a mystery drama revolving around a group of amateur detectives led by a former cop (Slater) whose 11-year-old daughter was kidnapped three years before.

The project is recasting after being picked up to series in May to air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays.

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," set to launch Sept. 22, 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 garnered good reviews.

Slater is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.