Directed by Adam Wingard (“The Guest,” “You’re Next”), the film is based on the bestselling manga 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.
Presumably Qualley will play Misa Amane (or a version of her), a model who seeks out Light and supports his cause.
Created by in 2003 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, “Death Note” became a worldwide phenomenon, inspiring a hit anime series, three live-action films in Japan and a live-action television series; another film is in development. Ending in 2006, the 13-volume manga has more than 30 million copies in circulation.
The daughter of actress Andie MacDowell, Qualley will also appear in the upcoming Shane Black film "The Nice Guys."