Adam Wingard’s Death Note Remake Adds Margaret Qualley

Death Note remake finds its female lead

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that actress Margaret Qualley (“The Leftovers”) has entered negotiations to play the female lead in Adam Wingard’s Death Note remake. She joins Paper Towns star Nat Wolff in the adaptation.

The supernatural thriller aims to bring to the big screen the 13-volume series previously adapted as both an anime and as a live-action film franchise in Japan.

Written by Tsugumi Ohba with art by Takeshi Obata, the Death Note comics are officially described as follows:

“Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, a God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil… namely the people he believes to be evil. Should anyone hold such power? The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.”

Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) will begin production on Death Note next spring from a screenplay by Fantastic Four‘s Jeremy Slater. Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka will produce, with Brian Witten and Doug Davison serving as executive producers.

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