“Death Note” makes its worldwide Netflix premiere on August 25, but not everyone is excited about the casting of the main character of the new movie. Death Note, one of the most popular Japanese manga and anime series is being featured in an American live-action remake without any Asian leads. The major controversy behind many fans is the casting of the main character Yagami Light, who will be acted by Nat Wolff. Additionally, the character’s name has been changed to Light Turner, which sturs up fresh whitewashing controversy, especially after casting Scarlett Johansson as the lead for Ghost in the Shell.
There is even an online petition to boycott the movie.
However, the setting of Death Note has changed from Japan in the manga and anime to US, and its characters from Japanese to American. Also all of the characters have been rewritten as American characters. Ironically, there is no controversy behind the casting of the other characters in the show. Detective L, another important character in the Death Note series is played by Keith Stanfield, a black actor who starred in Straight outta Compton.
Death Note fans are excited to see Williem Dafoe as Shinigami Ryuk. Everyone who has seen Dafoe play the Green Goblin can see how he is the perfect casting call for the comedic yet cynical death god. Dafoe’s voice, grin, laughter, and superior acting skills will make it shine.
“Death Note” the movie is based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga of the same name, which was written and published from 2003 to 2006, and was adapted into an anime between 2006 and 2007. The plot revolves around a genius high school student named Light Yagami, who comes upon a notebook that allows its owner to kill anybody whose name he writes in it. With such an incredible power in his hands, Light embarks on a personal quest to rid the world of those he feels undeserving of life.
The popularity of the manga/anime series has seen it turned into video games, a musical, and the aforementioned Japanese live-action films. The upcoming “Death Note” from Netflix is its first Western adaptation. “Death Note” is directed by Adam Wingard, who was responsible for several acclaimed horror films, such as “You’re Next,” and “The Guest,” and the recent “Blair Witch.”
There are many devices to watch this new series with. My favorite being the Kindle Fire stick. It’s only $40 and small enough to fit on any HDMI enabled device.