According to Mashable, Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning) has been cast as the voice Ryuk, the bored Shinigami – or death god – in the Netflix live-action remake of notorious Japanese manga/anime/film series Death Note.
Ryuk is the apple-eating deity who sets events in motion when he drops a Death Note – a notebook that will cause the death of anyone whose name is written in it – onto Earth, just to see what’ll happen. The Death Note is found by teenager Light Yagami (Light Turner in the new version), who at first tries to use the Death Note for good by only killing those who deserve to die (in his opinion) but as usual, power corrupts, you know?
Ryuk will apparently be a CGI creation, which is a shame as Willem Dafoe is one of the few actors who could possibly pull of the role with a bit of white make-up. He’s good at evil.
Adam Wingard (V/H/S, the Blair Witch sequel) is directing the US film which stars Nat Wolff (The Fault In Our Stars) as Light, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) as L, an eccentric detective called in solve the Death Note murders and Shea Whigham as Light’s dad, a cop who’s also on the killer’s trail (not realising it’s his son).