Netflix made the major announcement today (July 1st) that their live-action Death Note movie will premiere on their streaming service in 2017, twinned with the reveal of the main cast’s character names. The cast and the roles they will play are now listed as follows:
Keith Stanfield (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
Keith Stanfield was the most recently announced addition to the cast, after the initial reveal of the lead Natt Wolff, followed by co-star Margaret Qualley. While none of the characters’ names had 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”.
Netflix took the project on back in April, after Warner Bros. distribution rights expired. Production is projected to cost something within “the $40 million-$50 million range”, and was expected to go ahead with filming in June. 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.