Netflix drops first DeathNote teaser

by Ste Wood

In a move that is sure to split the anime world in two, Netflix have just released the first trailer for a live-action adaptation of the incredibly popular Japanese series DeathNote. Set for release later this year, the dark, grim trailer shares a lot of the aesthetics that helped catapult the original anime into cult-following territory. Directed by rising horror star Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next, V/H/S 2), DeathNote will follow the story of Light Yagami (Nat Wolff) as he struggles to comprehend the power of a supernatural notebook that seemingly falls to earth from the sky above.

Boasting an impressive cast, including the likes of Willem Defoe (c’mon), Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), and Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), DeathNote looks to be a promising addition to Netflix’s ever-growing library of original content, but one that will surely have manga purists at odds with more casual viewers over which version of the story is a better telling of the twisted macabre tale.

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