Having acquired the rights (from Warner Bros. due to expiration) to the Live-Action Death Note project earlier this year in the spring, Netflix have revealed more cast and character details of project set to premiere in 2017.
The cast and characters have been announced as follows (Pictured from L-R):
Nat Wolff as Light Turner
Keith Stanfield as L
Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton
Paul Nakauchi as Watari
Shea Whigham as James Turner
Entertainment news source Variety have described Wolff’s character as “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name”, and go on to state that he competes with a “reclusive police officer.”
The film is based on the 2003-2006 supernatural suspense manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, which spawned one of the most popular and far reaching anime series of the same name, not to mention a slew of numerous other media productions. It follows the teenager Light Yagami who finds a notebook which allows its user to put people to death by writing their names. With it, he takes aim against the criminals of the world declaring himself judge, jury and executioner which sparks of game of cat and mouse with a genius detective.
With production starting this summer Adam Wingard (The Guest, You’re Next) is set to direct the film with Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) having penned a recent draft of the script.