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‘Death Note’: Willem Dafoe Cast As Shinigami In Adam Wingard’s Netflix Movie

The film is an adaptation of the popular Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba.

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe has joined the cast of Adam Wingard’s live-action adaptation of the popular manga “Death Note.” According to Mashable, the actor will voice Ryuk the Shinigami in the film that will debut next year on Netflix.

The Japanese comic, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a student who stumbles across a supernatural notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. He uses this mystical object to destroy those he deems unworthy of life.

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The film stars Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi and Shea Whigham. Roy Lee and Dan Lin along with  Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing. Executive producers are Jonathan Eirich, John Powers Middleton, Miri Yoon and Brendan Ferguson.

“Death Note” was originally set up at Warner Bros. but was later picked up by Netflix back in April.

Dafoe recently joined the cast of “Justice League” as Nuidis Vulko. The actor also stars in Yimou Zhang’s “The Great Wall,” out February 17, 2017, and forms part of Terry Gillam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” which also includes Adam Driver and Stellan Skarsgård.

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