Heroes' Masi Oka Appears in Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film
posted on by Karen Ressler
Actor and Producer Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly earlier this month that he will have a part in Netlfix's live-action Death Note film. As previously reported, he also served as producer on the film.
The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix in 2017.
Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) is the director, and Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) penned a recent draft of the script.
In addition to Oka, 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), and Viz Productions' Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), 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.
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
Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as James Turner
Mashable has also reported that actor Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Justice League) will be the voice of Ryuk.
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, opened 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.
Source: Entertainment Weekly (Natalie Abrams)
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