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DEATH NOTE (2017): Willem Dafoe Joins As Ryuk

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Willem Dafoe to lend his voice to Death Note. The Academy Award-nominated Shadow of the Vampire and Spider-Man actor will voice Ryuk the Shinigami in the film adaptation of the popular manga.

Ryuk is remembered by fans as one of the central, if not the central character in the manga. As the creator of the titular book, he is interested in seeing how Light Turner, another character in the series, makes use of the object.

With Adam Wingard set to direct, the planned movie will debut on Netflix in 2017. Also joining Dafoe on the project are The Fault In Our StarsNat Wolff, The LeftoversMargaret Qualley, and Dope‘s Keith Stanfield:

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.

Death Note is produced by Roy Lee (The Ring, The Departed), Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes), Jason Hoffs (Edge of Tomorrow), and Masi Oka (Heroes Reborn, Hawaii-Five-0). Miri Yoon (Behaving Badly), Jonathan Eirich (Hammerspace), John Powers Middleton (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Lego Movie), and Brendan Ferguson (Big Eyes, Reasonable Doubt) are executive producers.

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