Shea Whigham, the Boardwalk Empire alum who’s next up in Star Trek Beyond and HBO’s new comedy series Vice Principals, has joined the cast of Netflix’s Death Note. That’s the feature remake of the Japanese manga that stars Nat Wolff and Margaret Qualley, and the streaming service added to its film slate earlier this spring after Warner Bros put the project into turnaround.
The story centers on Light Turner (Wolff), a student who discovers a mysterious notebook that kills whomever’s name is written in it. When he 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. Whigham will play Wolff’s father, internal affairs officer James Turner.
Adam Wingard is directing the script by Jeremy Slate (Fantastic Four). Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing.
Whigham’s credits include Kong: Skull Island, and he recently wrapped Brad Anderson’s political action thriller High Wire Act alongside John Hamm and Rosamund Pike. Vice Principals bows July 10 on HBO. He repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment LA.