Entertainment news site Variety reported on Friday (June 10th) that Keith Stanfield of Short Term 12 and Straight Outta Compton will be co-starring in Netflix’s live-action Death Note film. As remains the case for his fellow cast, his character’s name has not yet been revealed.
Netflix took the project on back in April, after Warner Bros. distribution rights expired. Production is expected to cost something within “the $40 million-$50 million range”, and is expected to go ahead with filming sometime this month.
The project previously cast Nat Wolff of Paper Towns as the lead, with Margaret Qualley of The Leftovers on board as his co-star. Though neither the male nor female lead characters’ names have been revealed, Variety described Wolff’s role as “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name”, who will face off against a “reclusive police officer”. Adam Wingard of The Guest and You’re Next is attached to direct, and Fantastic Four‘s Jeremy Slater penned the most recent draft of the script.