Fans of superheroes probably best remember Masi Oka from his famous starring role in NBC’s “Heroes,” the show that also introduced most of us to Zachary Quinto. Since leaving, Oka has starred in seven seasons of CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0.” Now, he is making his return to a world of weird powers, only this time it’s in Netflix’s live-action adaptation of the popular anime “Death Note.”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Oka seemed pretty ready to part with his most recent role saying, “I just thought the character went through a major journey. He got married, now he’s going off to Africa, so I think character-wise I felt like Max had done too much of everything he can do.” He then looked towards his future.
“Whatever is ahead, I’m very fortunate to be able to do things also behind-the-scenes, creating some TV shows and also producing a lot of movies. I recently finished producing Death Note for Netflix, which I have a part in as well.” He didn’t go further into detail about who he might play, but Oka is the latest name in a cast that includes Nat Wolff as Light, Kieth Stanfield as L, and Willem Defoe as the demonic Ryuk.
Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, “Death Note” tells the story of a high school student who stumbles across a supernatural notebook that allows the owner to kill anyone simply by writing their name in its pages. In addition to those already mentioned, “Death Note” stars Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton, Paul Nakauchi as Watari and Shea Whigham as Light’s father James.
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