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While all the world's press are busy confirming Keith Stanfield's undisclosed role in the Wingard directed Death Note movie, we can tell you precisely what part the Straight Outta Compton actor will play.
Unannounced officially, equivocally true nontheless: Keith Stanfield has been cast as L.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
At 11am British time (June 13th 2016), tipped off by dozens of sources that the actor's place on the cast list was now official, Death Note News editor Matti popped on over to his Twitter account to follow him.
Just in time to find Keith Stanfield sneaking in a live feed dancing to a tune of Big L - his finger making that familiar Lawliet mononym shape.
Moreover, that live stream had been retweeted by Adam Wingard and was a mere 39 seconds old. Within a minute it was all gone, deleted from its Periscope.TV host, the Twittersphere and cyberspace as if it had never been.
But for our screenshot, of course.
Could he get more blatant? Apparently yes! As - we're calling it - Death Note's US L actor Keith Stanfield added two more Tweets to fill the void left by his missing live stream. One posted three days ago; the other just now.
Reproduced below, the first read simply 'Hold this L', while the latest retweeted 'Perception is key' - a three year old message (dated September 13th 2013) from @thefirst L, the apparent Official Twitter of L from Death Note. An RPer who right now probably can't believe their luck!
What added impetus - or dissolution - this development brings to the current raging debate regarding the white-washing of Wingard's Death Note cast remains to be seen.
Keith Stanfield is patently not a Protestant White American - as per the overwhelming norm in actor ethnicity shown large upon Hollywood screens. Then again, neither is Nat Wolff, an actor of Jewish heritage cast as Death Note protagonist and L's opponent Light Yagami.
However neither are they Asian (or Asian-American, as the case may be), which is the real flashpoint in this on-going controversy.
New Death Note Owner Netflix Confirms Keith Stanfield Casting; Adam Wingard Announces Jason Eisener for the Crew
As tipped for you in our April 7th 2016 post, Netflix has indeed secured the rights to make the US live-action Death Note film. It's now known that the budget for Wingard's movie will be in the vicinity of $40-$50 million.
Usual great source Justin Kroll confirmed the Netflix Death Note movie rights news in Variety (Short Term 12’s’ Keith Stanfield to Star With Nat Wolff in Netflix’s ‘Death Note’, June 10th 2016).
While also breaking hot news implied by that headline and all previously discussed above - Netflix officially cast Keith Stanfield in Death Note, as per previously strong rumours reported here last month.
Death Note's director Adam Wingard has been making announcements too vis-à-vis additions to the movie-making team. This one was via Twitter and informed us that Jason Eisener has signed up as 2nd Unit Director.
Poor thing. This must be so exciting for the Canadian director of Hobo With a Shotgun, V/H/S/2 and ABCs of Death. I can't help but imagine that his addition will be a little lost amidst the clamour about the US film's casting of L. Particularly as both public heads up came on the same day.
But Eisener didn't get a nice Variety article. Merely an admittedly 'very excited' Tweet from Adam Wingard, and a mention here from us.
Well done, Mr Eisener!
Latest Production Information for Death Note Film
This development in the technical film-making side of things is borne witness is the latest update from the Directors Guild of Canada (download PDF, dated June 10th 2016), which otherwise doesn't add a great deal to what we already reported at the beginning of May 2016.
Hopefully with pictures and/or gossip, which we'll happily share.
Filming on Death Note kicks off in Vancouver on June 29th 2016. It is currently due to finish on August 30th 2016.