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Online streaming site Netflix released the trailer of its supernatural thriller film Death Note on Thursday, June 29.

The movie is an adaptation of the world popular Japanese manga of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with the story taking place in the United States.

Paper Towns actor Natt Wolff plays the role of Light Turner (originally Light Yagami for y’all hardcore fans), a student who stumbles upon a shinigami’s (Ryuk) supernatural notebook allowing him to kill anyone by writing their name on the note. He begins killing those he deems unworthy of life.

In Netflix’s filmmaker featurette for the film, director Adam Wingard said Death Note is about what happens when you give the ultimate power to a teenager.

“The story itself is so fantastic, so crazy that you can interpret it in so many different ways,” he added.

The film, however, is receiving flak with issues of whitewashing (uh-oh), citing previous manga adaptations for Dragonball Evolution and Ghost in the Shell. While some met the trailer with excitement, others were disappointed and confused at the story alterations made for an American market.

Wingard, however, said the changes were necessary, IGN reports. He said America as the setting meant looking at the core issues going on in the country and how it will work in the world of Death Note.

“It’s one of those things where the harder I tried to stay 100 percent true to the source material, the more it just kind of fell apart. You’re in a different country, you’re in a different kind of environment, and you’re trying to also summarize a sprawling series into a two-hour-long film,” he said.

“For me, it became about what do these themes mean to modern day America, and how does that affect how we tell the story. Ultimately, the cat and mouse chase between Light and L, the themes of good, evil, and what’s in between the gray area. Those are the core things of Death Note, and that’s really what we went for,” Wingard continued.

With the manga’s massive following around the world, the hype still seems to be ouweighing

Death Note is set for online release on August 25 and also stars Margaret Qualley, Keith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, and Willem Dafoe.

Any thoughts on the movie? We think it’s worth watching!

Watch the full trailer below:

Photos from IMDb


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