Death Note: Light Meets Ryuk in New Netflix Clip

Ryuk in Death Note

A high school student finds the power over life and death a bit too difficult to resist in the first clip from director Adam Wingard's adaptation of Death Note.

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In the scene, Nat Wolff's Light Turner comes face to face with the previous owner of a supernatural notebook, a death god named Ryuk (Willem Dafoe) -- or, "some 8-foot-tall demon-looking motherfucker" -- who's more than eager to instruct the teen on its use: Simply write the name of a person you want to die and, preferably, the manner of death, and the Death Note takes care of the rest.

Based on the hit manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the Netflix film moves the setting from Japan to Seattle, Washington, where Light discovers the mysterious notebook and decides to change the world by using its power to kill criminals. However, his crusade puts him in the cross hairs of the enigmatic detective known only as L, who seeks to track down Light and end his reign of terror.

Light Turner, a bright student, stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.

Arriving Aug. 25 on Netflix, Death Note stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield as L, Paul Nakauchi as Watari, Shea Whigham as James Turner and Willem Dafoe as Ryuk.

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