"Death Note" Movie Adds Willem Dafoe as Ryuk the Shinigami

Netflix's "Death Note" feature film adaptation has added Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe ("Spider-Man," "Justice League") to the cast. Adam Wingard ("Blair Witch") is helming the adaptation, which just began principal photography last month.

According to Mashable, Dafoe is set to voice Ryuk the Shinigami, a character created for the original Japanese manga from which the upcoming film is based.

Based on the smash-hit manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, "Death Note" follows a genius high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook that gives the owner the power to kill someone simply by writing their name within its pages. Dafoe's Ryuk the Shinigami is the character who brings the titular Death Note to the human world.

"Death Note" also stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as "L," Paul Nakauchi as Watari and Shea Whigham as James Turner.

Directed by Wingard ("Blair Witch") and produced by Roy Lee ("The Ring," "The Departed"), Dan Lin ("The LEGO Movie," "Sherlock Holmes"), Jason Hoffs ("Edge of Tomorrow") and Masi Oka ("Heroes Reborn"), "Death Note" is slated for a 2017 release on Netflix.

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