13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher was optioned for film a few years ago, and Selena Gomez joined the movie to star in the leading role. Time passed, and many people assumed that the project had dissolved into negotiations and would never get made – however, now the project has been picked up by Netflix.
In an interesting turn of events, Selena Gomez will not star in the show. According to Deadline she will be involved with the production as executive producer, although multiple news sources have reported that she is playing Hannah. We assume that these sources are incorrect in assuming her casting due to the overlap with the 2011 film project she was set to star in. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey created this upcoming show / wrote the pilot, and Joy Gorman Wettels, Michael Sugar, and Steve Golin are executive producing for Anonymous Content alongside Gomez.
SYNOPSIS: When Clay Jenson plays the casette tapes he received in a mysterious package, he’s surprised to hear the voice of dead classmate Hannah Baker. He’s one of 13 people who receive Hannah’s story, which details the circumstances that led to her suicide. Clay spends the rest of the day and long into the night listening to Hannah’s voice and going to the locations she wants him to visit. The text alternates, sometimes quickly, between Hannah’s voice (italicized) and Clay’s thoughts as he listens to her words, which illuminate betrayals and secrets that demonstrate the consequences of even small actions. Hannah, herself, is not free from guilt, her own inaction having played a part in an accidental auto death and a rape. The message about how we treat one another, although sometimes heavy, makes for compelling reading. Give this to fans of Gail Giles psychological thrillers.