‘Death Note’ Gains Female Lead | Film News
Actress Margaret Qualley, most well known for the HBO show The Leftovers, has been cast in Warner Bros’ adaptation of the manga series Death Note. Qualley will star opposite Paper Towns star Nat Wolff, who’s been cast in the lead role of Light Yagami. Qualley’s role was not disclosed in the report but she is likely filling the shoes of Misa Amane, Yagami’s love interest.
Death Note has already been adapted into a popular anime series and several live-action movies in Japan. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a notebook that allows him to kill anyone in the world by simply writing their name in the book. Yagami begins to use the book’s power to rid the world of those he believes to be evil, but are his actions justifiable or is the power of death too much for one man?
Adam Wingard, director of cult hits You’re Next and The Guest, is set to direct Death Note from a script by Fantastic Four‘s Jeremy Slater. No release date has been set for the film, but production is set to begin next spring. Qualley, meanwhile, can next be seen in Shane Black‘s crime thriller The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
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