Netflix has just announced that Keith Stanfield will now be joining Adam Wingard’s live-action remake of the Japanese movie Death Note in an undisclosed role.
According to Variety, Stanfield, who had standout performances in 2013’s “Short Term 12” and last year’s “Straight Outta Compton,” will be joining the previously-announced cast members Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley in the North American adaptation.
In the new movie, Wolff will play a high school student who mistakenly discovers a supernatural notebook which can kill someone if a name is written into it. A worldwide probe by a reclusive private investigator will then commence and the two will be on each other’s throats.
Death Note is based on a Japanese manga series which has also been adapted into a live-action Japanese movie and an anime series.
Brian Witten and Doug Davison will serve as executive producers with Jeremy Slater writing the most recent draft of the script. Netflix previously bought the movie rights to the manga after its previous contract with Warner Brothers expired.
In other news, the Rocket News 24 reports that a new attraction based on Death Note has been unveiled at the Universal Studios Japan theme park as part of Shonen Jump’s summer series. It will give fans an opportunity to choose to either work alone or with a team to survive the “evil clutch of Kira by solving the mystery together with L.”
Called Death Note – The Escape, it will join other manga-based attractions in Universal Studios Japan like a 4-D Dragon Ball Z ride, a live staging of “One Piece” and “Yo-kai Watch: The Real” game.
The American remake of Death Note will start shooting this summer for two months in Vancouver, Canada. It will allegedly be aiming for an R-rating and will have an estimated budget of $40 to $50 million, Hall of Fame Magazine reported.
You may watch a preview of the Death Note theme park attraction on the video below.