August 4, 2016
About the author : Project manager by day, crazy cat lady by night. Emily's first love is J.R.R. Tolkien. She's also into Walking Dead, video games, Doctor Who, and anime. When she isn't knee-deep in her latest fandom, she's usually sleeping.
Willem Dafoe will be in Death Note as the voice of Ryuk, Mashable reported on Tuesday.
While I’m a big fan of Death Note and I’m excited for the movie, I haven’t been following the news closely. I have to say, this one surprised me. I can’t help but think that his performance will be similar to his Green Goblin in Spider-Man. I’ll admit, I had to go back and watch some scenes on YouTube. Here’s a refresher if you don’t remember either.
I can’t help but find the performance cartoon-y. Yes, I know Death Note was turned into an anime and I know Ryuk is a somewhat comedic character. This just seems like too much, though. Of course, just because Dafoe’s Green Goblin was cartoon-y doesn’t mean his Ryuk will be the same. We’ll see when the film comes to Netflix in 2017.
Other Cast Members
A few other cast members have been announced. Nat Wolff is Light. Interestingly, his last name is Turner, not Yagami. (Like I said, I haven’t been following the news closely so I didn’t realize how Americanized it was going to be.)
Keith Stanfield will be L, which I think is an interesting choice. He’s also from San Bernardino county, which is where I lived most of my life.
Margaret Qualley is playing Mia Sutton, who I presume is Misa. It will be interesting to see if she’s also a pop star–although I feel like that would be too weird in an Americanized story.
I’m sorry, but I still prefer Zeffron has Light.
I’m very curious to see how Ryuk’s character will fit into America. Will he be a Japanese death-god? Or w
ill he be called a devil? Will he still have the name Ryuk, or will they change it to something American audiences can more easily relate to? It remains to be seen, but I’m still excited to see where this will go.