The latest DEATH NOTE trailer shows us more glimpses of Willem Dafoe’s death god character Ryuk, and Lakeith Stanfield’s L.
Netflix just released a new Death Note trailer that shows us a little more of Ryuk, who is voiced by Willem Dafoe. In the trailer, we see how Ryuk comes into play in the story about a young man named Light Turner (Nat Wolff) who mysteriously comes into possession of a journal titled “Death Note.” Ryuk is what is called a death god, or “shinigami,” and he is the one the Death Note belongs to, and explains how the Death Note works.
Light uses it to what he believes is a just cause, by killing those he believes deserve it. But as you can tell by the trailer, things quickly go out of control and turn chaotic for Light.
We also get to see more of Lakeith Stanfield‘s character, L, the masked detective hellbent on stopping Light on his vigilante quest, as well as Margaret Qualley‘s Mia, who knows about Light’s Death Note and wants him to use it.
Netflix has been really good with adapting comics and graphic novels to live-action, however, this one does come with controversy. The source material is Japanese manga and obviously the cast has been “whitewashed,” having no Asian actors playing the characters, and having changed the original names to Americanized names and changing the locale from Japan to Seattle, Washington.
However, producer Roy Lee, who is Korean-American, is known for having produced several Americanized versions of Asian films, including The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water, Shutter, My Sassy Girl, and Old Boy. You can read his explanation of the controversy on Buzzfeed.
It was also recently announced that he would be producing a remake of the Japanese film, Battle Royale. It hasn’t been stated whether the movie will also be whitewashed, but this would not be a surprise if it were.
Death Note will premiere on Netflix on August 25th.