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Death Note trailer: Blair Witch director brings horror manga to Netflix

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“Shall we begin?” Netflix released the first teaser trailer for Death Note, unveiling the Japanese horror manga brought to life by director Adam Wingard  (Blair Witch, The Guest).

The footage sees Nat Wolff (Paper Towns) as Light Turner, a high school student who stumbles upon a book with the supernatural ability to kill — all the owner has to do is write the name of someone while picturing his or her face, and the deed will be done. Soon, Light becomes drunk on his power over life and death, and proceeds to inscribe the names of all those he deems unworthy of living.

But there can’t be a Death Note movie without Ryuk, the god of death known as a shinigami that accompanies the tome. Light looks in horror as the being’s eyes pierce through the shadows to ask that chilling question, “Shall we begin?”

Also featured are Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers) as Mia Sutton, Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton) as “L,” Paul Nakauchi (Alpha and Omega) as Watari, Shea Whigham (Agent Carter) as James Turner, and Willem Dafoe (The Great Wall) as the voice of Ryuk.

“Our vision for Death Note has always been to bring this captivating story to the screen for its longtime manga fans and to introduce the world to this dark and mysterious masterpiece,” producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin said in a joint statement.

Death Note will premiere on Netflix this Aug. 25. Watch the trailer above.

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