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Netflix Streams Live-Action Death Note Film's Full Trailer (Updated)

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Film starring Nat Wolff premieres on August 25

Netflix began streaming a full trailer for its live-action Death Note film on Thursday. The video previews the story and main characters, including Light, Ryuk, and L.

The film's director Adam Wingard (The Guest, You're Next) revealed a poster for the film on Twitter on Tuesday. The poster features the Shinigami character Ryuk, who Willem Dafoe is voicing in the film.

Wingard also stated last week that the production has finished the film's visual effects shots.

The film will premiere via streaming on Netflix on August 25. Netflix previously streamed a teaser trailer for the film in March.

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. Nine Inch Nails member Atticus Ross and his brother Leopold Ross are composing the soundtrack for the film.

The cast includes:

Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns) as Light Turner


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

Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Justice League) as the voice of Ryuk

In addition to producing, Oka will also have a part in the film.

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 Media 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: Netflix also began streaming a filmmaker featurette for the film on Thursday. Wingard and the main cast discuss the film in the video.

Thanks to Kun Sun Sweeley for the news tip.

Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the featurette news tip.


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