by Justin Cook
It looks like Adam Wingard’s Death Note has found its lead, as Variety reports that Paper Towns actor Nat Wolff is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming live-action film.
In the project, Wolff will play a student who comes across a special notebook that enables him to kill anybody he wants to by simply writing down their name. The previously mentioned website also added the plot detail that a “cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.”
The Warner Bros. film is an adaptation of the extremely popular Japanese manga series of the same name, which was eventually turned into an anime series in 2006; live-action Japanese Death Note films were also made around the same time as well.
Wolff, who is 20 years old, has been acting for quite some time, landing his first major role in Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie in 2005. He has since gone on to appear in such films as Stuck in Love, Admission, Palo Alto and The Fault in Our Stars. On top of starring in this year’s moderate box office success Paper Towns, the actor has also had parts in Grandma, The Intern and Ashby.
Years ago, Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black signed on to direct Death Note, but Wingard, who is best known for his films You’re Next and The Guest, came on board this April to replace him. Jeremy Slater penned the film’s script, while Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing.
There’s no official release date for the movie at the time, but filming is expected to begin next spring.