Selena Quintanilla, one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century, was on the cusp of mainstream stardom at the time of her death and people still talk about her 1995 Houston Astrodome performance like it was yesterday—especially her iconic sparkly plum bell-bottom jumpsuit.
Her beautifully textured voice infused with Tejano flavor and snazzy fashion designs transcended generations. It’s no surprise her story is coming to Netflix in 2020, gift wrapped in a six-episode series.
Selena: The Series follows the “Como la Flor” singer as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.
Christian Serratos, who is best known for her roles in The Walking Dead, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide and The Twilight Saga, plays the star.
“Our casting director Carla Hool and her team have found an amazing cast to depict the Quintanilla family,” said Jaime Davila, president and co-founder of Campanario Entertainment.
In addition to Serratos’ taking the lead, Netflix confirmed Ricardo Chavira will co-star as Selena’s father Abraham, Gabriel Chavarria as her brother A.B., Noemi Gonzalez as her sister Suzette, Seidy Lopez as her mother Marcella, and Madison Taylor Baez as young Selena.
Selena’s impact in Mexican music and Latino culture far outreached record sales and industry awards. Billboard magazine named her the “top Latin artist of the ’90s” and the “best selling Latin artist of the decade” for her fourteen top-ten singles in the Top Latin Songs chart, including seven number-one hits.
The “Dreaming of You” singer inspired many other superstars including Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, Demi Lovato, Daddy Yankee and another Texas icon—Beyoncé.
“Listening to her album—even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying—helped me in the studio with my pronunciation,” Beyoncé said in an MTV Tres interview. “She is a legend.”
Selena’s passing may have happened over 20 year ago, but we’re still learning about the Queen of Tejano music. The most bittersweet part, though, is the more we learn about her, the more we miss her.
Part one of the drama series is due to hit the streaming platform in 2020, though an exact launch date has yet to be announced.