*Derek Luke has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” an adaptation of the 2007 New York Times bestselling Young Adult book by Jay Asher.
Kate Walsh is set to co-star opposite Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford in the 13-episode series from director Tom McCarthy, Anonymous Content and Paramount TV, reports Deadline.com.
The story follows a boy named Clay (Minnette) through an emotional night when he receives a shoe box of cassette tapes from his late classmate and crush Hannah (Langford), following her recent suicide. On the tapes, which are mailed with instructions to pass along from one student to another, Hannah explains to 12 peers how they each played a role in her death, by giving 13 reasons explaining why she took her life.
Luke, last seen in the History channel’s reboot of “Roots,” will play Hannah’s guidance counselor Mr. Porter. Walsh will play Hannah’s mom.