It’s been 25 years since the tragic death of Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla, who was killed by her friend and fan club president Yolanda Saldívar. In one of the quickest turnarounds for a biopic, Jennifer Lopez portrayed the Tejano singer in the 1997 film Selena — a role that is still one of Lopez’s best. Now, Netflix is gearing up to release Selena: The Series in December and a first look trailer sees Christian Serratos embodying the late singer in all her glory.
Selena: The Series was first announced back in 2018 and is finally arriving in time for the holidays. Two years is usually a long stewing time for a TV show of any sort because once a series is announced, we typically get episodes a few months later to a year later at the latest. But, that’s Netflix for you. The streamer first released the above image around this time last year, so the trailer has been a long time coming.
Anyway, the new series is described as a coming-of-age story and will depict Selena’s rise to fame — from when she first started singing at the age of ten to the height of her career. Selena: The Series will debut in two parts, with the first part consisting of six one-hour episodes that will drop on December 4.
In addition to Serratos (The Walking Dead, Twilight), the series stars Ricardo Chavira as Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Seidy Lopez as mother Marcella, Gabriel Chavarria as her brother A.B., Noemi Gonzalez as sister Suzette, and Jesse Posey as her husband Chris. Interestingly, there is no cast listing for Yolanda, so it’s unclear whether she will be included in the series or not.
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