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Keith Stanfield Joins Netflix’s Death Note Film Cast


Death Note Visual 001 - 20160610Who will be next to claim the Death Note?

Earlier today, entertainment site Variety reported that actor Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Snowden) joined the cast of the live-action Death Note film. Stanfield joins Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley, who were previously confirmed to star in the feature.

Last month, we reported that Netflix was in final negotiations for the film, which is expected to have a $40 million to $50 million budget. Production is reportedly slated to start later this month.

The project, which was previously in development at Warner Brothers, is being helmed by Adam Wingard (The Guest), with Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four) penning the script. Roy Lee (Vertigo Entertainment), Dan Lin (Lin Pictures), Jason Hoffs (Viz Productions), and Masi Oka (Heroes, Hawaii Five-0) are attached to the project as producers. Doug Davidson (The Grudge) and Brian Witten (Final Destination) will serve as executive producers.

Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) was tapped to play the lead role. Though the character is unnamed, Variety describes Wolff’s character as “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name.” Wolff will square off against a “reclusive police officer” in the film.

Viz Media currently holds the domestic rights to the Death Note anime and manga series.

Source: Variety (Thanks to Daniel Zelter for the tip!)

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