Netflix’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 previewed a pair of upcoming titles. One was Bright, a movie starring Will Smith and directed by David Ayer which is set in an alternate present-day Los Angeles where fantasy creatures such as orcs and elves exist. The other was their live-action adaptation of Death Note, the popular Japanese manga.
We’ve already seen an official trailer for the movie, which included some peeks at Ryuk. For Comic-Con, they shared a clip of the scene where Light meets Ryuk for the first time.
Netflix has released an official trailer for Death Note, a live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga of the same name being directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest, Blair Witch, and the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong).
The movie stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, and Willem Dafoe as the voice of Ryuk.
Continue below for a brief description of Death Note, and to check out the trailer as well as a bonus filmmaker featurette video with those who made the movie talking about it, including Wingard, the cast, and even an appearance from Heroes star Masi Oka, who’s a producer on the project.
A movie adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note has been in the works for a while now. Back in September of last year the movie was set up at Warner Brothers and The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns star Nat Wolffwas signed on to play the lead.
Now the project has moved from Warner Bros. to Netflix, and it’s being reported that two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire, Platoon) has joined the cast. According to the report, Dafoe will be voicing the character Ryuk, who is a Shinigami or “death god.” The Shinigami are described as extra-dimensional beings who extend their own lives by killing humans.
The American film adaptation of the 13-volume manga series Death Note has found its lead. A new report says that Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Faults In Our Stars) will join the cast as a student to comes across a mystical book that gives him the ability to kill anyone in an instant once he writes the person’s name down in it. This leads to a cat-and-mouse chase when he catches the attention of a police officer.
The film has been under development the past few years, going through a handful of directors before it landed in the hands of Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest). More on the story below.