Ladies, be prepared to see a different side of Nat Wolff in the coming years because the teenage heatthrob is stepping into darkness via his upcoming film role.

Variety reported that the “Paper Towns” actor is in final negotiations to star in Warner Bros.‘ upcoming adaptation of Japanese horror manga “Death Note“.

Nat Wolff
Source: HitFix

For those who are not in the know, “Death Note” is a popular Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata.

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It centres on Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects. However, he’s bored out of his mind. All that changes when he discovers the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies and Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. As criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer.

Consisting of 37 episodes, the manga was adapted into a popular anime series. It also spawned 3 Japanese live-action films, with Tatsuya Fujiwara portraying Light Yagami and Kenichi Matsuyama playing L. Video games, light novels, and musicals were also produced due to its popularity.

Source: YouTube
Source: YouTube

For the Hollywood remake, Wolff will play Light Yagami, but it remains unclear whether he will be called this way in the adaptation. Variety described his character as “a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name”. He will face “a reclusive police officer” and we can safely assume this so-called police officer is L.

Shane Black, director of “Iron Man 3“, and Gus Van Sant, director of “Milk”, were previously linked to the movie. However, both of them left the project due to undisclosed reasons. Adam Wingard was then hired to helm the project based on the script written by Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four“).

Wingard is best known for his horror films like “Pop Skull” and “A Horrible Way to Die”. He also directed “The Guest”, which received critical acclaim from both critics and audience.

Adam Wingard. Source: The Movie Blog
Adam Wingard. Source: The Movie Blog

What do you think of the casting decision? Who do you think should play L? Let us know in the comments box below.

Source: Variety.

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