Mashable reported on Tuesday (August 2nd) that Willem Dafoe, who’s currently filming Justice League as Aquaman acolyte Nuidis Vulko, has closed a deal to be the voice of Ryuk in Netflix’s live-action Death Note. The shinigami’s name is one of a few left unchanged, with lead Natt Wolff’s role renamed as Light Turner, and co-star Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton rather than Misa Amane.

Netflix took on the project back in April, after Warner Bros.’ distribution rights expired. With filming previously set to go ahead in June, and a view to a 2017 release, Keith Stanfield was spotted filming as L in Vancouver in July. Adam Wingard of The Guest and You’re Next is attached to direct, with Roy Lee of The Ring and Dan Lin of Sherlock Holmes producing. Fantastic Four‘s Jeremy Slater penned the most recent draft of the script.

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Matthew

I remembered this on your Twitter. I am both nervous but curious about the film.
Also congrats on being on Lita’s Featured Post!
https://litakinoanimecorner.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/litas-blogger-feature-friday-little-anime-blog/

Elisabeth O'Neill

We’ll definitely be watching it to see what it’s like, but we’ll be pleasantly surprised if we can stand most of the characters 😆 Thanks, it made us all fuzzy to read that, lovely feature.

Matthew

It’s going to be weird to see an American version of an anime but it sounds exciting. Lita did think you guys were interesting and she’s right. 🙂

Elisabeth O'Neill

Yeah, if nothing else it’s great to see borders narrowing between eastern and western media. Aww, thank you 😊

Matthew

Yeah I agree. It’s very different. In the same way, I’m both nervous but excited.
You’re welcome. Just by looking at your blog, I can see why you guys got featured. Pretty amazing stuff. 🙂

Elisabeth O'Neill

Glad you think so, we’ll do our best to keep it up! 😄

Matthew

Well, you’re doing great job. I love it. 🙂

The Otaku Judge

I’d rather not watch a live action version based on one of my fave anime because I am certain they will mess it up. That said this is great casting.

LitaKino

I agree with you complete brilliant cast choice but not sure about this live action lol

Elisabeth O'Neill

We weren’t at all sure about this adaptation either, but now we’re thinking it might not be so bad. Because Green Goblin.