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‘Paper Towns” Nat Wolff to Star in Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’

After breakout performances in adaptations of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Paper Towns,” Nat Wolff is moving on to darker material.

Wolff is in final negotiations to star in Adam Wingard’s adaptation of “Death Note” for Warner Bros.

Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing the project, which was previously adapted as a movie in its home country of Japan, where it spawned a sequel.

Wolff plays a student who discovers a supernatural notebook that allows him to kill anyone simply by writing the victim’s name. A cat-and-mouse game ensues when he’s tracked by a reclusive police officer.

Jeremy Slater (“Fantastic Four”) wrote the more recent draft of the script. Shane Black was previously attached to direct.

Doug Davison and Brian Witten are exec producing. Niija Kuykendall and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing the film for the studio.

Production is set to begin next spring.

Wolff, who can currently be seen in “The Intern,” was also in the mix for the reboot of “Spider-Man” at Marvel and Sony, but sources reveal that he was considered too old for the role.

He also recently starred opposite Lily Tomlin in Sony Picture Classics’ “Grandma.” He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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