Netflix has launched the first teaser trailer for Death Note helmed by Blair Witch (2016) director Adam Wingard. The incoming live-action adaption is based on the popular Japanese manga of the same name created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (2003-06). The film centers upon a high school student named Light Yagami who spontaneously comes across a notebook that allows him to pen the names of folks he wants to kill. Yagami decides to use this strange and powerful ability to murder wayward criminals as an act of vigilante justice. However, his righteous albeit contagious killing spree garners the attention of an acclaimed detective named L who desperately wants to unravel the person and mystery behind these ongoing murders.
The one-minute teaser introduces Paper Towns actor Nat Wolff as Yagami, Get Out star Keith Stanfield as L, as well as The Nice Guys actress Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. On the other hand, die-hard fans may be upset to find out that the notorious grim reaper, Ryuk, isn’t entirely present in the clip. Nonetheless, watch the video above and let us know your thoughts.
Death Note is set to launch on Netflix on August 25. Hopefully, the streaming giant’s film can hold a candle to the well-favored manga adaptation and the surprisingly awesome 2006 live action film directed by Shūsuke Kaneko.