Variety is reporting that Nat Wolff is in final negotiations to play Light Yagami in Hollywood’s version of Death Note. Wolff was a supporting actor in 2014’s The Fault in Our Stars and just recently starred in Paper Towns alongside Cara Delevinge. His most recent project is The Intern, which is in theaters now.
Adam WIngard is directing with Jason Hoffs, Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Masi Oka producing. Jeremy Slater wrote the script. His previous work only consists of a first draft of 2015’s Fantastic Four, but the majority of his writing wasn’t used for the film.
Death Note, the manga series from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, was first adapted into a Japanese film in 2006 that spawned a sequel and a spinoff. The manga tells the story of Light Yagami, a genius high-schooler who finds a notebook that grants him the power the kill anybody whose name is written in it. He is sought after by a police force, which includes his father, and the world’s greatest detective, L.
Production is set to begin next spring.