Development on a big-screen adaptation of Death Note — the popular Japanese anime/manga property first introduced in 2003 — has been a long time coming. Years ago, filmmakers like Shane Black (Iron Man 3) and Gus Van Sant (Milk) were reportedly attached to the project, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that the project finally began to come together.
According to THR, Margaret Qualley — who currently stars as Jill Garvey on the HBO series The Leftovers — is eyeing the female lead in Death Note. The film — written by Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) — focuses on a supernatural notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it. When a student takes possession of it, he uses it to cleanse the world of evil, as a police officer begins to track him.
For Qualley, the film could offer perhaps her most high-profile role to date. Prior to being cast in The Leftovers, her only existing credit was a supporting role in director Gia Coppola’s 2013 drama Palo Alto, which also starred Wolff. She’s also set to appear alongside Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, which is currently set for a 2016 release.
Wingard has already proven with past directorial efforts You’re Next and The Guest that he has a knack for horror thrillers, and Death Note should be no exception. Provided the project successfully adapts the source material for American audiences, the film could be one to watch for horror aficionados and existing fans of the Death Note franchise alike. It already has an up-and-coming filmmaker at the helm and two promising young stars in the leads.
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