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Main castEdit

Nat WolffEdit

Nat Wolff is an American actor who portrays the character Light Turner in Netflix's Death Note.

Wolff's casting was announced on September 29th, 2015 for the film's unnamed lead.[1] Upon the announcement, concerns about whitewashing began to emerge against the film.[2]

Along with his castmates, Wolff attended a Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2017 to promote the film.

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  • Wolff previously dated his Death Note costar Margaret Qualley.[3]

Margaret QualleyEdit

Margaret Qualley is an American actress who portrays the character Mia Sutton in Netflix's Death Note.

Qualley's casting was announced November 12th, 2015 for the unnamed female lead.[4] As with the reaction to Wolff's casting, the announcement increased concerns about whitewashing.[5]

Along with her castmates, Qualley attended a Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2017 to promote the film.

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  • Qualley previously dated her Death Note costar Nat Wolff. In 2013, Qualley was visiting Wolff on the set of one of his films when she was asked to fill a small non-speaking part, which was her first acting role.[3]

Keith StanfieldEdit

Keith Stanfield is an American actor who portrays the character L in Netflix's Death Note.

When Netflix picked up the film after Warner Brothers dropped it, it was reported that Stanfield was being considered for an unnamed role although an official offer had not yet been made.[6] Stanfield's casting was announced on June 10, 2016 for an unnamed character.[7] His role was confirmed as L on June 30, 2016 when Netflix released the names of the main cast and characters.[8]

Along with his castmates, Stanfield attended a Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2017 to promote the film. He wore a covering over his face and remained in character for the event.

In an interview, Stanfield said that he picked up some of his mannerisms for L from Kenichi Matsuyama's performance in the Japanese film series.[9]

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Willem DafoeEdit

Willem Dafoe is an American actor who voices Ryuk in Netflix's Death Note. Jason Liles was onset as Ryuk during filming, while Dafoe voiced the character in post-production. Ryuk's CGI appearance is also based on Dafoe.

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Shea WhighamEdit

Shea Whigham is an American actor who portrays the character James Turner in Netflix's Death Note.

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Paul NakauchiEdit

Paul Nakauchi is a Japanese-American actor who portrays the character Watari in Netflix's Death Note.

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Jason LilesEdit

Jason Liles is an American actor who portrays the character Ryuk in Netflix's Death Note. Liles was onset as Ryuk during filming, while Willem Dafoe voiced the character in post-production.

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DirectorEdit

Adam WingardEdit

Adam Wingard is an American film director who directed Netflix's Death Note.

It was announced on April 27, 2015 that Wingard would direct the film.[10]

Along with the main cast, Wingard attended a Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2017 to promote the film.

Explaining what drew him to the material, Wingard said: “It was an opportunity to take something that had a great premise and breath life into it. In terms of what happens is so outlandish: the power to kill everything by writing their name in a book. There were cool themes here and embedded in that was good and evil.”[11]

Following the release of the film and negative reviews, Wingard deleted his Twitter account. His official reason was that he needed to focus on his next project,[12] but many news articles pointed out that the deletion followed the negative fan response regarding Death Note.[13][14]

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ProducersEdit

Masi OkaEdit

Masi Oka is a Japanese-American actor and producer who produced Netflix's Death Note. He also has a brief cameo role in the film as a Japanese detective named Sasaki.

It was announced on April 27, 2015 that Oka would be a producer for the film.[10] On November 17th, 2016, Oka announced in an interview that he had a part in the film as well.[15]

Along with the main cast, Oka attended a Netflix panel at San Diego Comic Con in 2017 to promote the film.

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Roy LeeEdit

Roy Lee is an American film producer who produced Netflix's Death Note. Lee is known for remaking well-known Asian films for American audiences, such as The Ring and The Grudge. Lee's production company is Vertigo Entertainment which began development of the Death Note remake film in 2008.[16]

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Dan LinEdit

Dan Lin is a Taiwanese-born American film producer who produced Netflix's Death Note.

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Jason HoffsEdit

Jason Hoffs is a film producer who produced Netflix's Death Note. Hoffs was hired by VIZ Media in 2008 to head VIZ Productions, which was a newly-founded production company for creating films from VIZ's catalogue including the Death Note film.[17]

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WritersEdit

Jeremy SlaterEdit

Jeremy Slater is an American film writer who worked on the Death Note script after Charley and Vlas Parlapanides. He left before filming to work on another project, and writer Kyle Killen did rewrites after him.

Regarding his Death Note script, Slater said: "It’s the movie Heat, except with teenagers, and one of those teenagers has superpowers. It’s much darker, much funnier, and much more exciting than I think people are anticipating."[18]

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Charley ParlapanidesEdit

Charley Parlapanides is an American film writer who wrote the first draft of the Death Note script with his brother Vlas Parlapanides. The Parlapanides brothers were hired in 2008 by Vertigo Entertainment to pen the script.[16]

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Vlas ParlapanidesEdit

Vlas Parlapanides is an American film writer who wrote the first draft of the Death Note script with his brother Charley Parlapanides. The Parlapanides brothers were hired in 2008 by Vertigo Entertainment to pen the script.[16]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ‘Paper Towns” Nat Wolff to Star in Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’, Variety, September 29, 2015.
  2. Hollywood’s Anime Whitewashing Epidemic: How Is This Still a Thing?, The Daily Beast, September 30, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "#TheGirlOfNow: Margaret Qualley, Vs. Magazine, retrieved 2017-08-11.
  4. Death Note’ Movie Sets Margaret Qualley As Female Lead – Update, Deadline, 2015 November 12.
  5. ‘Death Note’ whitewashing accusations grow as it casts female lead, The Daily Dot, November 1, 2015.
  6. Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Jumps From Warner Bros. to Netflix (Exclusive), The Wrap, April 6, 2016.
  7. 'Short Term 12's' Keith Stanfield to Star With Nat Wolff in Netflix’'s 'Death Note', Variety, June 10, 2016.
  8. Adam Wingard Shares His Notes on ‘Death Note’ as Production Begins, Collider, June 30, 2016.
  9. ハリウッド版『デスノ』L役俳優、日本版の松ケンを研究「歩き方を参考に」, Nico Nico News, December 5, 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 'Guest' Director Adam Wingard Signs On for 'Death Note' (Exclusive), The Hollywood Reporter, April 27, 2015.
  11. ‘Death Note’ Director Adam Wingard Considers President Donald Trump A Supervillain – Comic-Con, Deadline, July 20, 2017.
  12. His now-deleted final tweet said that he was "going dark" for this reason.
  13. Netflix's Live-Action Death Note Film Director Deletes Twitter After Harassment, Anime News Network, September 12, 2017.
  14. Live-Action "Death Note" Director Kills Twitter Account Following Harassment, Crunchyroll, September 12, 2017.
  15. Hawaii Five-0: Masi Oka exiting after seven seasons — exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. November 17, 2016. Quote: "I recently finished producing Death Note for Netflix, which I have a part in as well."
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Vertigo Scribbling Death Note Remake, Coming Soon (formerly Shock Till You Drop), June 2, 2008.
  17. VIZ Starts Production Company, Animation World Network, July 18, 2008.
  18. Jeremy Slater Gives Update on ‘Umbrella Academy’ Series; Says ‘Death Note’ Is ‘Heat’ with Teenagers, Collider, September 19, 2016.