by: S. Scott Stanikmas
The live-action American adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note is slowly coming together, and it looks like director Adam Wingard has added another page to his book in the form of actress Margaret Qualley.
Qualley is in talks to play the as-yet-unnamed female lead according to The Hollywood Reporter. It is unknown at this time how closely Wingard’s version will follow the original source material. If it stays true to the manga THR is of the mind that she’ll play Misa Amane, a model that becomes obsessed with the main protagonist.
Over in Japan Death Note was a successful manga series running from 2003 to 2006 and inspired an anime series and three live-action films. The American version has been languishing at Warner Bros for some time now. Wingard took over recently for Shane Black, who was originally tapped to helm the project.
The series follows a young student who finds a mystical notebook that can kill anyone whose name or likeness is written in its pages. Nat Wolff has already been cast the young man who finds the deadly tome.
Qualley is currently on HBO’s The Leftovers, which many critics are hailing as one of the best shows on TV. She made her debut in 2013’s Palo Alto, acting alongside Wolff.
Principal photography for Death Note will take place in spring of 2016 with an as-yet-unannounced release date.