Tsugumi Ohba's "Death Note" is currently getting the Hollywood treatment. This week, the makers of the live-action flick have revealed that they have found their lead actor who is going to play genius student Light Yagami although it's not been revealed yet whether the name of the lead character in the manga/anime adaptation would be used for the upcoming movie.
Variety has learned that Cara Delevingne's "Paper Towns" costar Nat Wolff is in "final negotiations" to play lead in Warner Bros.' "Death Note" live-action movie, which was said to be in development for a number of years now.
"You're Next" and "The Guest" director Adam Wingard is set to helm the Hollywood adaptation of the live-action with Roy Lee, Masi Oka, Dan Lin and Jason Hoffs producing.
Expected to start production next spring, "Death Note" already has its script written by "Fantastic Four" reboot writer Jeremy Slater.
If ever Wolff will be officially cast to play the lead character, "Death Note" would be a great addition to his credits after starring in several movies since 2009.
Wolff starred in 2014's "The Fault in Our Stars" as Isaac and he also starred as Rick Stevens in "Behaving Badly" that same year. This year, he starred as Ed Walls in "Asby" and as Quentin in the movie adaptation of John Greene's bestselling book "Paper Towns."
His latest project is "The Intern," which stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. He was also said to be in the running to play Spider-Man for Marvel and Sony before Tom Holland was tapped to play the famous Web Slinger, as per Polygon.
"Death Note" chronicles the story of how a smart high school student named Yagami Light used a supernatural notebook from a Shinigami or a god of death after it came into his possession.
According to GameSpot, "Death Note," which ran from 2003 to 2006, spawned live-action movies in its home country, an anime series and even video games. It also has graphic novels that sold over 30 million copies across the globe.