The much anticipated Selena: The Series is set to premiere Dec. 4, 2020 on Netflix after more than year since it was first announced. The show will breakdown the Queen of Tejano’s rise and her tragic death at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995 with The Walking Dead’s Christian Serratos at the helm. Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla and her dad Abraham Quintanilla Jr. are both executive producers on the series, dubbing the Netflix series the “official story” of the late singer’s life. Much like the beloved Selena, the 1997 Greg Nava film starring Jennifer Lopez the family’s involvement means fans will get to learn more about her professional and personal life.
“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel a great responsibility to do justice to her memory,” Suzette Quintanilla said in a statement. “With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives.”
Joining Serratos in the series is Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) as Selena’s father Abraham Quintanilla Jr., Gabriel Chavarria (Syfy’s The Purge) as her brother A.B., Noemi Gonzalez (Hulu’s East Los High) as her sister Suzette along with newcomer Madison Taylor Baez playing Selena as a kid.
It has been 25 years since the songstress died and she remains influential – MAC recently released a Selena makeup line – and beloved by her fans. Some fans criticized the upcoming series saying the film was sufficient and that her family should not pursue more projects like this but many are also anticipating the premiere for a chance to revisit her story. However some fans were surprised to learn Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, was not involved in the making of the series.
Perez shared a still from the show on his social media page and wrote, “Here is a pic I just saw of the actor playing me in the Netflix series. For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on…..but, I’d love to find out.”
Though the show has certainly proven to be somewhat controversial, it’s also evident that her story remains relevant and Selena’s legacy continues to make an impact. The show has a Twitter account that includes posts where the cast shared what Selena meant to them and the impact she had. “What I found most enduring about Selena is her ability to defy boundaries. She paved the way for Latinas and inspired so many to continue in the face of adversity. I will be forever grateful for the memories she has given me, and what she’s done for women like me and my daughter,” Serratos said.