Netflix’s new series is going to be a heavy one. 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a teenage girl who commits suicide. She leaves behind her reasons – thirteen of them, each corresponding to a person – in a series of tapes. The show is based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, which made it to the New York Times Bestseller List. The book won a number of awards, including the California Book Award for Young Adult.
Selena Gomez acts as the series’ producer. She was originally cast in the role of main character Hannah Baker, it was soon confirmed that she would not be joining the cast. It is Gomez’s first outing as an executive producer.
What else do we know about it? The details are below.
Katherine Langford eventually landed the role of Hannah. She’s an up-and-comer on the scene, with only a couple of other projects (Daughter, and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda) to her name.
Clay, who was one of the main recipients of Hannah’s suicide tapes, will be played by Dylan Minnette. His television credits include Prison Break, Lost, Saving Grace, and Agents of SHIELD. On the big screen, Minnette has appeared in Goosebumps and Don’t Breathe.
Christian Navarro from Vinyl plays Tony; Justin Prentice from Awkward is Bryce. The rest of the recipients of Hannah’s suicide tapes include Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Devin Druid, Miles Heizer, and Ross Butler. Tom McCarthy, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for Spotlight, is aboard as director.
Netflix recently dropped a few pictures to build up anticipation. Here we see the various students at Hannah’s school, as well as Hannah herself. Langford already looks perfect for the role. In one of the photos, we can see the young woman looking both intense, and detached, as she deals with the bullying she faces at school.
The trailer shared by Netflix offers a glimpse at each of the young men and women whom Hannah holds responsible for pushing her over the edge. There’s not a lot of dialogue here, beyond the ominous invitation of Hannah to seek out the truth of her story. “If you want to know the truth,” she says, “just press play.”
All thirteen episodes of 13 Reasons Why will be made available on Netflix from March 31. If you don’t have a subscription yet, you can head to Netflix to catch the show when it premieres.