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Willem Dafoe will voice Ryuk the Shinigami in live-action Death Note movie

A Netflix original

Award-winning actor Willem Dafoe has closed a deal with Netflix to voice fan-favorite character Ryuk the Shinigami in Adam Wingard's adaptation of the popular Japanese manga, Death Note.

According to a report from Mashable, Dafoe closed the deal while working on Justice League — Zack Snyder's third installment in the Warner Bros. and DC Cinematic Universe. Death Note was originally in development at Warner Bros. but the studio ended up selling the project after making an executive decision to take on less projects.

In the manga, it's Ryuk's notebook that falls into the hands of prodigal high school student Light Turner who discovers he can use the notebook to kill off anyone he wishes — however he wishes — without leaving a trace. Ryuk is the god of death that watches over Light and tries to guide him, all the while studying Light's behavior after inheriting the weapon. Eventually, the Japanese police start to put two and two together and realize that there's someone behind the string of suspicious deaths taking out groups of ex-cons and genunitely bad people.

Light will be played by Nat Wolff, with actors like Shea Whigham and Margaret Qualley also starring.

Death Note is slated to be released on Netflix next year.

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