The live action movie adaption of Death Note produced by Netflix has recently started production and has announced more of it’s cast and characters as of late. Netflix also says that they will be streaming said movie in 2017!
It was announced sometime in 2015 that Netflix gained the rights to produce it’s own live-action version of the popular anime Death Note after it was dropped by Warner Bros Studios. Unlike the Japanese made live action films that have been made in the past, this one will be filmed in the US and Canada, which means there will be more of an North American cast.
The first actor they announced to play the lead, Light Yagami, last year was Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars). Other breaking news is that Netflix has decided to scrap the last name “Yagami” and change it to “Turner” to westernize it further.
It was also announced earlier this month that Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, DOPE, Selma) was going to be in Death Note, but didn’t say which character. As of today though, we now know that he will be playing the cake-eating rival, L.
We also have the names of other key characters that Netflix has recently announced. The actors and actresses were named, but wasn’t released which character they were playing. That is, until now!
Misa Amane (or Mia Sutton) will be played by Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys, The Leftovers, Palo Alto).
Watari will be played by Paul Nakauchi (Alpha & Omega, Overwatch, Doctor Strange).
Lastly, Soichiro Yagami (or James Turner) will be played by Shea Whiglam (Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire, Silver Linings Playbook).
It was also mentioned earlier this year that Death Note will be directed by Adam Wingard (V/H/S, You’re Next, The Guest). The script will be written by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four 2015, Exorcist TV Series) . Producers also include Roy Lee (The Lego Movie, The Departed), Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes, Terminator Salvation), Jason Hoffs (Edge Of Tomorrow), Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0, Heroes) and Executive Producers Doug Davison (How To Train Your Dragon, The Grudge, The Lake House) and Brian Witten (The Wedding Singer, Final Destination).
What do you think of this new actor announcements? Who do you think of the people working behind the scenes? Do you think Netflix is trying too hard to Americanize this popular anime property like with Dragon Ball Evolution and fall into a Hollywood trap? Is this white-washing all over again or just a re-imagining?