30th Jun2017

New poster, trailer & featurette for Netflix’s ‘Death Note’

by Phil Wheat

I’ll admit it now – I’ve never been hugely into manga; and I tend to stick to anime that is familiar (mainly the stuff released by Manga Video in the 90s). But there are certain titles that transcend my foibles… on such manga was Death Note. Recommended to me by a friend on a trip to the local comic shop, I ended up being hooked on the adventures of L, Light Yagami and Ryuk and read every manga, watched the anime and even the live-action movies…

So it’s safe to say I’m a fan of the Death Note franchise. Which is why I’m so excited to see Adam Wingard’s interpretation of the story – even moreso after seeing this new trailer!

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) as the voice of Ryuk.

Death Note debuts on Netflix on August 25th.

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