Now in production with Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys) and Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12) among the leads, the American adaptation of manga Death Note has added a notable name to its roster, albeit one who will be heard rather than seen on screen. News arrives via Mashable that Willem Dafoe (The Grand Budapest Hotel) is aboard to voice Ruyk, the Shinigami.
Death Note has Wolff playing a student in a big city who discovers a supernatural notebook bearing dark powers. It allows him to kill anyone he wishes by writing the victim's name in the book and sets him on a path as a self styled vigilante, taking out anyone he believes to be evil. His grand plan is a world free of terror, but you can imagine what might happen when a young man takes control of such power and wants to create a utopia...
Ruyk in the original story by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, is a death god, a member of a powerful race of extra-dimensional beings who decides to leave the notebook in our world to create chaos and extend his life through its use.
Adam Wingard (The Guest), who recently dropped a sneaky new sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999) on the world, is directing the film, which began life as a Warner Bros project but is now being backed by Netflix. Death Note should be on our screens next year.
Dafoe, meanwhile, will next be seen in Yimou Zhang's (House Of Flying Daggers) 15th century epic The Great Wall and will pop up as Aquaman's enemy in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice follow-up Justice League, which has a release date of 17 November next year.