Deadline: Netflix's Death Note Film Casts Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigham (Updated)
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Entertainment news source Deadline reported on Wednesday that Netflix's live-action Death Note film has added actor Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire, Star Trek Beyond, American Hustle, Agent Carter) to the cast.
The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix in 2017.
The rest of the cast includes:
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
YVRShoots, a website tracking movie and TV filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, revealed photographs of the film shoot featuring the character L.
Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee (Dark Water, The Lake House, Shutter), Lin Pictures' Dan Lin (This Side of the Truth, Sherlock Holmes, The Lego Movie), Viz Productions' Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and actor Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) are producers. Doug Davison (Dark Water, The Grudge, The Lake House) and Brian Witten (Dark City, American History X, Final Destination) are executive producers, and Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve had been overseeing the project for Warner.
In Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original 2003-2006 supernatural suspense manga, teenager Light Yagami finds a notebook with which he can put people to death by writing their names. He begins a self-anointed crusade against the criminals of the world, and a cat-and-mouse game begins with the authorities and one idiosyncratic genius detective.
In addition to the 2006 television anime adaptation and tie-in specials, Death Note also received a Japanese live-action film adaptation in 2006, with a sequel titled Death Note: The Last Name, and a spinoff titled L change the WorLd in 2008. A live-action television series adaptation premiered last July, and ended last September. A new film titled Death Note: Light up the NEW world, described as a "forbidden sequel" to the first live-action film, is set to open in Japan on October 29. The manga also inspired a stage musical by Broadway veterans in 2014. Viz released the manga, Japanese live-action films, anime, and other tie-in projects in North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the live-action television series.
Update: Comic Natalie reported last month that Whigham will play James Turner in the show. Deadline further reported that the character is Light's father, an internal affairs officer.
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