The Death Note movie may have found its Light Yagami.
Relatively new to the industry —and most known for his work in teen romance films adapted from John Green novels (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns)— Variety is reporting that Nat Wolff is rumored to be final negotiations with Warner Bros. for the film's lead role.
Based on the popular Japanese manga of the same name and created by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba, Death Note follows high school student Light Yagami and his Shinigami (an extra-dimensional god-like being that extends its own life by killing others) as Light comes into possession of a notebook that allows him to kill anyone he wishes without leaving a trace.
The news that Wolff could be in the final stages of negotiation may come as a surprise to fans who have followed the movie's tumultuous path.
Originally, Shane Black (Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was in place to direct the movie, but announced his departure not too long after having signed on. Adam Wingard (You're Next, The Guest) replaced him, but additional concerns were raised over Jeremy Slater penning the script after his most recent project, Fantastic Four, bombed at the box office and was met with waves of critical scorn.
Wolff may be the name least known to genre fans, but this isn't the first time he's been up for a film with an astoundingly large fan base.
Wolff was reportedly in the running to play Spider-Man for both Sony and Marvel before the role was given to Tom Holland (Wolf Hall, In the Heart of the Sea) after issues were raised over him being too old for the role.
Production for Death Note is scheduled to begin next spring.