Netflix is gearing up for its August release of their original movie, Death Note. This production is based on a Japanese manga series of the same name written by Tsugumi Ohba.
Death Note has received some backlash as fans of the original manga series feel that the traditionally Japanese cast has been whitewashed by Hollywood, as a majority of the roles were granted to Caucasians. Back in April, Producer Roy Lee weighed in on the criticism stating that the backlash was,’
“Somewhat offensive. I can understand the criticism … if our version of ‘Death Note’ was set in Japan and characters that were Japanese-named or of Japanese ancestry. But that’s not the case.”
The movie stars Natt Wolff as Light Turner, who stumbles upon a journal called the “Death Note.”
He soon discovers that this mystical book once belonged a Shinigami (“Death god”) named Ryuk. Voiced by Willem Defoe, the spirit of Ryuk conveys to Light that this journal has the power to kill anyone whose name is scribed inside of it. With this bit of knowledge, Light Turner channels his inner vigilante, and uses the book to dispose of criminals.
The latest trailer looks takes a closer look at the character L, portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield. L is a detective determined to get to the bottom of who is committing all of these murders. You can see the trailer below. Death Note will be released on Netflix August 25.