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“Death Note” Artist Takeshi Obata Draws Poster For Netflix Flick


At the moment it feels like the Oprah show: You get a poster, and you get a poster, and you get a poster! And so on.

Earlier today, Netflix unveiled a new poster for their live-action Death Note film. The new image was illustrated by Death Note manga illustrator Takeshi Obata, and features his take on Light turner (played by Nat Wolff in the movie).

Death Note will stream as a Netflix Original project starting August 25.

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.

The confirmed cast includes:

  • Light Turner: Nat Wolff (Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars)
  • L: Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton, The Purge: Anarchy)
  • Mia Sutton: Margaret Qualley (Palo Alto, The Leftovers)
  • Watari: Paul Nakauchi (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
  • James Turner: Shea Whigham (The Wolf of Wall Street, Boardwalk Empire)
  • Ryuk the Shinigami: Willem Dafoe (American Psycho, Platoon, The English Patient)

Netflix describes the film as:

What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?

We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.

Viz Media currently holds the domestic rights to the Death Note anime, as well as Takeshi Obata’s original manga series. The company released the anime series on Blu-Ray in March 2016. The title is available for streaming on Netflix and Hulu.

Source: Twitter (Ryuk)

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