Another Japanese manga gets the Hollywood whitewash! Actor Nat Wolff is reportedly in talks to star in Warner Brothers' live-action adaptation of Death Note, based on the popular manga series.
'Paper Towns'' Nat Wolff to Star in Adam Wingard's 'Death Note'
Wolff, whose previous credits include Paper Towns and The Fault in Our Stars, is in final negotiations to star in the supernatural thriller Death Note, adapted from the hit manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
In Death Note, a high school student named Light Yagami discovers a mysterious notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim's name. When Light meets the notebook's previous owner, a demon called Ryuk bent on ridding the world of anyone it deems evil or useless, he ends up tracked by Interpol and a world-famous detective investigating the unexplainable deaths of several criminals.
So... Nat Wolff is going to be playing Light Yagami?
Death Note has been previously adapted as a 37-episode animated series directed by Tetsuro Araki. It was also adapted into a Japanese live-action film in 2006, followed by the sequel Death Note: The Last Name and a 2008 spinoff film L: Change the World. In addition, a live-action drama series based on Death Note premiered on Japanese television earlier this year.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Death Note in 2009. The American adaption is set to be directed by Adam Wingard (You're Next), from a script by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing.
Production is set to begin next spring. Fanboys and fangirls, commence outrage.
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