It looks like the North American live-action film version of the popular manga and anime series Death Note has found its “god of the new world.” Nat Wolff has been chosen to star in the Adam Wingard directed adaptation.
Wolff, best known for his roles in Paper Towns and The Fault In Our Stars, will portray Light Yagami in the Warner Bros’ remake of the 2006 Japanese live-action adaptation of Death Note. Wolff is the first notable casting since the director and production team was put in place earlier this year.
Light Yagami is a supremely intelligent high school student who stumbles upon a mysterious notebook with supernatural powers he needed to see to believe. And once he had seen its powers in action, he took in upon himself to “cleanse the world of evil” and bring about a brighter future that he envisioned himself the leader of. He the protagonist of Tsugumi Ohba’s series and serves as the hero or villain of the story, depending on who you ask.
While Wolff is tasked with portraying one of the most iconic characters in anime, the film as a whole must overcome the recent history of North American live-action versions of popular animated properties, which is not very promising. The most notable atrocities being The Last Airbender and Dragonball Evolution.
Death Note is just one of many anime series to have upcoming U.S. versions. Others include Ghost In The Shell, Akira and Beyblade. 2015 continues to be a big year for the franchise, as it has also spawned a live-action television series and a musical.
In addition to Wolff’s casting and Wingard’s direction, the film will be produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka. Production is set to begin in the Spring.
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