Death Note Trailer Sells The Can’t Miss Movie You Aren’t Hearing Enough About

You may still have to wait a while (August 25th), but you’re going to want to keep your eye on Death Note, the Netflix film adaptation of the hugely popular manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.

Of course, as cool as Netflix originals are becoming, fans might have wished for a big-budget, theatrical release. But, if the trailer can be believed, that might not have been the way to go after all. It’s a movie that requires the freedom to be really crazy, and it looks like director Adam Wingard managed the curious, dark revelry inherent in a story about demonic hit lists. And, for the fans out there, Willem Dafoe is the voice of Ryuk. What more do you need to know?

Actually, the cast in general looks pretty fantastic, especially interesting is the inclusion of Shea Whigham, who impresses me in everything.

Take a look above, and stay tuned, because we will be bringing you everything we can on this one.

Now, if you aren’t in the know, you can check out the anime version on Netflix and get prepared.


We suggest you obey the rules. 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.
The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man).
Death Note will premiere exclusively on Netflix on August 25th.
Follow @netflix for more #DeathNote updates.

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.

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