Death Note Live-Action Film on Netflix Features Willem Dafoe as Ryuk

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The upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese manga ?Death Note? will premiere on Netflix in 2017, but prior to the start of the film?s production, some voice characters joining the adaptation have been revealed. According to reports, Willem Dafoe (Spider Man, Justice League) will voice the character of Ryuk.

Ryuk is the beginning of everything that is happening in the Death Note series when he dropped the cursed notebook and eventually crossed paths with Light Yagami.

The rest of the characters include:

  • Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) as Light Turner
  • Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Straight Outta Compton) as L
  • Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton
  • Paul Nakauchi (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Watari
  • Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as James Turner

Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) wrote the script for the Death Note live-action film and it will be directed by The Guest?s Adam Wingard. The ?Death Note? synopsis says:

?The series centers around a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone by writing the victim’s name and picturing his face. The plot follows his attempt to create and lead a world cleansed of evil using the book, and the complex conflict between himself and those assailing him that results.?

The Death Note live-action film was first optioned to Warner Bros. until the company lost disinterest over the manga series. When Warner Bros. license for Death Note expired, Netflix stepped in and proceed to give the greenlight to proceed with the production.


The Death Note live-action film is not the first for the manga series. In 2006, a live-adaptation of the series entitled Death Note: The Last Name came out. In 2008, there was a spinoff entitled L change the WorLd. The Death Note was primarily banned in the United States and UK after some college students tried to practice what the manga series was all about.

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