Paper Towns star Nat Wolff is in final talks to star in Death Note for Warner Bros. An adaptation of the manga series already adapted for film in Japan, the story follows a student who discovers a mysterious notebook that kills whomever’s name is written in it. When the student meets the notebook’s previous owner, a demon bent on ridding the world of anyone it deems evil or useless, he ends up tracked by an Interpol officer investigating the unexplainable deaths of several criminals. The American adaptation will be directed by Adam Wingard with a script by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing. Wolff, who is onscreen in The Intern, is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Disney Channel staple Olivia Holt has been cast in The Standoff, an indie teen comedy about her character Amy and seven other rivals who compete in a contest to win a luxury vehicle. The teens stand around the vehicle for three sleepless days, while keeping a hand firmly on the car without lifting it except for a few breaks, trying to be the last one standing and win. Ilyssa Goodman is directing the script by Leigh Dunlap; Goodman produced and Dunlap penned the 2004 fairy tale update A Cinderella Story featuring another Disney star, Hilary Duff. Holt, now on Disney Channel’s I Didn’t Do It, is repped by Paradigm, Princapto Young and Morris Yorn.