There's a rather persistent rumour doing the rounds that US rapper and actor Keith Stanfield is about to be offered a role in the forthcoming live-action Death Note American movie.
If so, then who will he play?
The story began circulating in early April 2106, originating at The Wrap, passed on as part of its 'closing in - Netflix to take Death Note off Warner Bros' breaking news.
We were all reporting that one at the time. It hit our feeds and sources as the biggest Death Note film related information for months, at least as pertained to the frequently stalled Western remake.
It was certainly the most shocking snippet to grace our speculative minds since Shane Black told of some untenable changes demanded by Warner Bros early on.
A tip-off had been sourced from an 'insider', but no-one at Netflix was available to take repeated calls to query its veracity.
Nor yet the second shared insight. This was that Death Note was nearing production, when Warner Bros decided to end years of dilly-dalling by pulling the rug at the 11th hour. But that bit was obvious. It didn't take a Wammy level genius detective to deduce its truth. This was the only scenario which could account for the studio hiring director and stars for its cast; then suddenly sitting down at the negotiation table with Netflix, now poised to secure Death Note's production rights for itself instead.
A little out of left-field and accordingly met with surprise by the Death Note fandom, with no little wide-eyed pondering upon the implications.
Most fan comments clocked by Death Note News staff on balance seemed relieved that our tale was out of that studio's hands. Few had really trusted Warner Bros executives in the US, since Black exposed their desire to show Light Yagami muddled, angst-ridden, but fundamentally a good guy, whilst getting rid of Ryuk for Satanic overtones vis-a-vis shinigami.
Now Netflix appeared (and remains so at the time of writing) to be making the Death Note movie; and, if Thom Geier of The Wrap has it right, bringing favoured actor Keith Stanfield into the project too. Though nothing of the sort can be verified until the ink is dry on that deal documentation.
Which leaves fans of Death Note musing upon two big burning questions for the moment:
- Will Netlix release Death Note (US movie) in theaters/cinemas, or stream it only?
- Who will Keith Stanfield be playing?
With Light - and Misa - already taken, the field is wide open. It could be any Death Note character at all (though the likelihood falls dramatically regarding roles amongst female dramatis personae). In considering it, watch Keith Stanfield in action and see if a name presents itself. Then please do comment with your suggestions. We might be the first to call it!