The 24-year-old actor, whose credits include "Straight Outta Compton," "Selma" and "Short Term 12," was first rumored in April to be circling the project, but Variety now reports he's closed the deal. However, Stanfield's role hasn't been revealed.
Directed by Adam Wingard ("The Guest," "You're Next"), the film is based on the smash-hit manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata about Light Yagami, 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. Light sets out to cleanse the world of evil, which puts him on a collision course with the enigmatic detective L.
Wolff ("Paper Towns") will star as Light, who seems likely to be renamed for the U.S. adaptation, while Qualley ("The Leftovers") is presumably set to play Misa Amane (or at least a version of her), a model who seeks out Light and supports his cause.
Debuting in 2003, the "Death Note" manga became a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring a hit anime series, three live-action films in Japan and a live-action television series; another film is on the way. Ending in 2006, the 13-volume manga has more than 30 million copies in circulation.
The U.S. version was originally in development at Warner Bros., but Netflix acquired the project in April after the rights expired. Production is targeted to begin this summer.