Back in the summer of 2010, I was first introduced to the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher in a Lit for Young Adults class. Since then. I’ve read the book a couple of times and even purchased it as an audible book. When it was announced this past summer that Netflix had purchased the rights to create the adaptation of the book, I became excited. After all, that is the hope of everyone’s favorite book: that some day, you’ll get to watch it come to life on-screen.
Selena Gomez, who is serving as a producer, posted a teaser of the 13 episode series on Instagram:
The teaser answered a much awaited question: When will the series premier?
Format of the series prediction
Netflix, thankfully, had decided to turn this Young Adult Novel into a 13 episode series. I’m personally betting what will happen is that each episode will revolve around each of the reasons why Hannah Baker, the leading female protagonist, decided to kill herself.
The male protagonist, Clay Jensen, will serve as the ‘present day’ storyteller leading us through the aftermath of Hannah’s suicide while Hannah will serve as the storyteller in the flashback portions of the series.
For those of you who need a quick refresher, Hannah sends out her ‘suicide note’ in the form of seven cassette tapes to each of the people she connects to why she commits suicide. When we enter the book, Clay is sending the tapes to the next person on the list and then we see a flashback to when he got home the prior day and found the cassette tapes and then spends the night listening to them.
The cast consists mostly of young up-and-coming actors:
- Dylan Minnette as Clay
- Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker
- Brandon Flynn as Justin
- Christian Navarro as Tony
- Alisha Boe as Jessica
- Michelle Selene Ang as Courtney
- Justin Prentice as Bryce
- Devin Druid as Tyler
- Miles Heizer as Alex
- Ross Butler as Zach
- Kate Walsh as Mrs. Baker
- Derek Luke as Mr. Porter
- Brian D’Arcy James as Andy Baker
- Henry Zaga as Brad
- Amy Hargreaves as Mrs. Jensen
In regards of cast credentials of the younger actors, I personally think Minnette might be an actor that a younger audience will be the most familiar with due to the fact that in 2015, he stared in the Goosebumps movie.
I think it’s daring, in a great way, that the show cast Langford as Hannah since she only has one other IMDB credit.