In Death Note, a powerful book cursed with unlimited power lands in the hands of a curious teenage boy (Nat Wolff). Write a name on the pages of a book, and that person dies. The boy, Light, wants to use the Death Note to eliminate criminals. His girlfriend, Mia (Margaret Qualley), has different ideas. And the two are pursued by a detective (Keith Stanfield), who protects his true identity so it doesn't end up written on the pages of the book.
All of this mystery and menace is started by a vengeful spirit named Ryuk, a classic figure in the Death Note lore, who will be played by Willem Dafoe in Adam Wingard's planned adaptation, hitting Netflix in August. Earlier this year, CinemaBlend traveled to Vancouver to watch Wingard film, and we learned the intricate process that went in to bringing his Ryuk to life. The director told us:
So Ryuk became a mixture of on-set acting and the influences of Willem Dafoe. Dafoe is no stranger to playing villains on screen, and just the tone of his purring voice in the Death Note trailer sends a chill down one's spine. The one thing that they weren't able to do on the Death Note set, according to director Adam Wingard, was perfect the facial features and the muscles in the face to fit Ryuk's dialogue. As a work-around, Wingard says they did this:
Ryuk is a shit-stirrer. He drops the Death Note in Light's hands, essentially out of boredom. For centuries, this evil spirit has been passing the Death Note along from person to person, seeing what kinds of trouble he can cause. Find out more about the problems Ryuk invents when Death Note hits Netflix on August 25. The movie also will host a massive panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, and we will have more regarding the movie from that presentation, and from our own exclusive set visit, in the coming days.
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