2016 Death Note Film Casts Tori Matsuzaka as New Shinigami
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The official website of Death Note Light up the NEW world, this year's live-action Death Note sequel film, revealed on Tuesday that Tori Matsuzaka will voice a character named Bepo, a new gold-colored Shinigami and the original owner of the Death Note that Ryūzaki (Masahiro Higashide) holds. Bepo has six fingers, and stands taller than the 189-centimeter-tall (about 6-foot, 2-inch) Higashide.
The site previously streamed a second clip from the film last week.
The film will star:
- Masaki Suda (live-action Assassination Classroom's Karma Akabane, live-action Kuragehime's Kuranosuke Koibuchi) as Yūki Shien, a cyber terrorist who reveres Kira.
- Sousuke Ikematsu (The Last Samurai's Higen, MOZU's Kazuhiko Shingai) as Ryūzaki, L's successor and a world-famous detective.
- Masahiro Higashide (live-action Parasyte's Hideo Shimada, live-action Ao Haru Ride's Kō Mabuchi) as Tsukuru Mishima, a "Death Note otaku" and an investigator pursuing the Death Notes
- Rina Kawaei (Azumi: Bakumatsu-hen stage play) as Sakura Aoi, the most terrible Death Note user ever, an indiscriminate murderer, and the complete opposite of Light Yagami.
- Mina Fujii as Shō Nanase, an investigator on the Death Note task force.
- Eiichiro Funakoshi as Kenichi Mikuriya, a Supreme Court justice who possesses a Death Note.
- Erika Toda as Misa Amane (Toda is reprising the role from the previous live-action films.)
- Shidou Nakamura as Ryuk (Nakamura is reprising the role from the previous live-action films and anime.)
- Sota Aoyama as Tōta Matsuda (Aoyama is reprising the role from the previous live-action films.)
- Miyuki Sawashiro as the voice of the new Shinigami character Ama.
Shinsuke Satō (live-action Gantz, Gantz: Perfect Answer, Library Wars films) is directing the film. Namie Amuro is performing the film's theme song "Dear Diary," as well as the insert song "Fighter." The film was shot in overseas locations, and Warner Brothers will distribute.
The film is a "forbidden sequel" to the two earlier live-action Death Note films, 2006's Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name. In the new film's story, a highly advanced information society is beset by global cyber-terrorism in 2016. New charismatic figures, who "inherited the DNA" of Light (previously played Tatsuya Fujiwara) and the detective L (Ken'ichi Matsuyama), emerge. The successors of the two geniuses will wage a war over six Death Notes on Earth.
A crucial plot element will be the "Six-Note Rule": only six Death Notes are allowed to exist at a time in the human world. Of course, the Shinigami (Gods of Death) themselves are limited to the number of Death Notes. Therefore, up to six Shinigami may exist in the human world. This rule existed in Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's original manga, but previous adaptations in the franchise have not used this rule thus far.
Source: Comic Natalie