Selena Gomez has a new project. No, it’s not her music with rumored beau, The Weeknd. It’s a new show called Thirteen Reasons Why, which will soon debut on Netflix.
Gomez, however, won’t be starring in the film. Instead, she’ll work behind the camera as the executive producer of this new show. The lead roles will go to Australian actress Katherine Langford and Dylan Minnette.
Selena Gomez will have a busy 2017
Aside from various showbiz commitments, Selena Gomez also wants to be active in co-producing shows that are close to her heart. After a short stint at a rehab facility to treat her depression, the former Disney star looks to go back to the scene with a bang.
Gomez shared the teaser trailer of Thirteen Reasons Why on her official Instagram page. She captioned this with: “A peek at a passion project.” In another post, she said that her mother found the book back in 2009 and since then, has “worked her ass off to make it with me.”
Thirteen Reasons Why is a New York Times best-selling book by Jay Asher. It’s about a teenage girl who committed suicide, but left behind 13 cassette tapes explaining why she did it. Perhaps, it is these varied emotions that led Gomez to produce the show.
It can be remembered that the actress and singer checked herself into rehab because she has been experiencing bouts of depression following a diagnosis of lupus. But shortly after her stint ended, she came out publicly to talk about body shaming and accepting yourself—flaws and all.
Thirteen Reasons Why release date and more
Gomez revealed on her Instagram that Thirteen Reasons Why will premiere on Netflix on March 31. The show will center around a high school student named Hannah (Langford), who, before committing suicide, sent a package with 13 cassette tapes to her classmate, Clay (Minnette). The 13 tapes represent the 13 people who Hannah believes played a role in her depression that ultimately led to her suicide.
If the tapes don’t get passed on to the right person, a 14th person (who has copies of the tapes) will leak the recordings to the entire school. It has a kind of Pretty Little Liars vibe because everyone’s guilty of leading Hannah to take her life.
This is a worthy investment and project for Selena Gomez, who has been embroiled in various controversies that also led to her depression.