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Netflix's first 13 Reasons Why trailer previews harrowing adaption

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Netflix released the first trailer for 13 Reasons Why, the forthcoming series adapted from Jay Asher’s best selling 2007 novel by the same name, which tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker, who dies by suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tapes explaining what (and who) led to her death. We hear the tapes and relive Hannah’s life through her classmate Clay as he tries to unravel his own place in all of this.

The trailer shows snippets of scenes fans may recognize from the book: Clay and Hannah talk in the school hallways, Clay opens the package of tapes, Hannah records her own voice while still alive, Clay follows Hannah’s clues to find out the truth.

The two-minute trailer follows a handful of stills, which Netflix debuted last month and showed stars Katherine Langford (Hannah), Dylan Minnette (Clay), and Kate Walsh (Hannah’s mother) in character.

“The most common thing I’d hear [from readers] was just ‘This book makes me more aware that even the small things I do can have an effect on people,’” Asher told EW in 2011. “But I’ve also heard from teens who say, ‘I was suicidal when I picked up your book, and I identified with Hannah, and I wanted her to live.’ When I started getting emails like that… I can’t even describe the feeling.”

Netflix’s adaption will also feature Empire‘s Derek Luke as Hannah’s guidance counselor, who plays a major role in the tapes. Spotlight director Tom McCarthy helms the first two episodes.

Executive produced by Selena Gomez, 13 Reasons Why will be available to stream in full on Netflix March 31.

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