Katherine Langford won't be returning to the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why for season 3, but what does the future hold for the young actress? Langford was at the center of the show's first season and returned for a limited role in season 2. The series is expected to return for its third season sometime this summer, but without its star.
Langford's portrayal as Hannah Baker in 13 Reasons Why marked the first major role for the Australian actress. She played a high schooler who committed suicide following a sexual assault and the ensuing depression caused by the lack of support from her peers. Hannah leaves behind a series of cassette tapes that detail the reasons why she decided to end her life. The tapes eventually get in the hands of Clay (Dylan Minnette) as the show takes the viewers on a series of flashbacks to show what led up to the tragic loss of life.
Despite the fact that Hannah's story seemed to come to an end in season 1, Langford returned for 13 Reasons Why season 2. The plot branched out to focus on a few other main characters but Hannah remained as the cornerstone of the series, once again appearing in flashbacks that further elaborated events prior to her death. Hannah also appears to Clay through hallucinations but he eventually lets her go. In the second season finale, Hannah's friends and family come together for her celebration of life which also seemed like a final goodbye to Langford's role in the series. The actress later announced that she will not return for 13 Reasons Why season 3.
Langford's performance in 13 Reasons Why has attracted a lot of positive attention. Considering she was relatively unknown prior to her casting, her role in the series definitely put her on the map. She even gained multiple award nominations for her work on the Netflix show, including a Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress in a TV Drama. Langford's career has taken off since her acting debut, and she's got many more exciting projects on the way.
During her time on 13 Reasons Why, Langford appeared in two feature films, The Misguided and Love, Simon. Since then, she shot a role in Avengers: Endgame but her scene was eventually cut. Later this year, Langford can be seen in Rian Johnson's murder mystery movie, Knives Out, alongside a stellar cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette. She has also signed on for Brian Duffield's sci-fi fantasy, Spontaneous.
Aside from her emerging film career, Langford will be making her Netflix return in the near future. She will star in Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler's series Cursed, based on their forthcoming illustrated novel. Cursed is described as a re-imagining of the well-known Arthurian legend told through the eyes of the teenage heroine, Nimue (Langford). The character is destined to become the Lady of the Lake and she will journey on a quest to find Merlin and deliver the sword, Excalibur. Cursed won't just be a fantasy tale, it promises to be a coming-of-age story with modernized themes. It's safe to say Katherine Langford will be a mainstay in the entertainment industry for long after 13 Reasons Why.