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Watch the trailer for Netflix’s ‘Death Note’ remake

Will this adaptation live up to the cult anime series?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Mar 22, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 7:57 pm CDT

Does the cult anime series Death Note really need a live-action American remake? Netflix thinks so, and you can make up your own mind with this trailer.

The adaptation stars Nat Wolff (The Fault in our Stars) as Light Turner, a teen boy who discovers a notebook with the power over life and death. He can kill any person by writing their name in the book, and uses his newfound power to become a vigilante with a god complex. LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta) co-stars as the mysterious detective known as L, appearing very briefly in this teaser.

Like some other U.S. adaptations of Japanese properties, Death Note inspired backlash for whitewashing its lead character. It also appears to be a more drastic reimagining than Ghost in the Shell, with Death Note‘s story rewritten to take place in the U.S.

Death Note will be released on Netflix on Aug. 25.

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*First Published: Mar 22, 2017, 11:03 am CDT