Selena has been a formative part of my life. A Mexican-American Tejano singer, she broke barriers and built up our community. The 1997 film is a staple of Chicano cinema and I have watched it more times than I can count. So, when I heard Netflix was adapting her life to a series with her parents at the helm, I was excited. But the excitement didn’t hit me until I got to see Christian Serratos as the iconic singer, and when I did, the tears broke loose.
Selena: The Series is billed as a drama with Part 1 featuring six one-hour episodes that will air some time in 2020 from production company, Campanario Entertainment. Executively produced by Selena’s sister Suzette Quintanilla among others, the series will focus on a coming of age story that follows Selena Quintanilla as she follows her dreams. It will also include all of the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.
In addition to Serratos as the titular character, Gabriel Chavarria will play A.B. Quintanilla, Selena’s oldest brother and the band’s music producer, who constantly faces the pressure to deliver hits and ultimately forges the band’s trailblazing signature sound. The famous Ricardo will play Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, a savvy musician whose encouragement of his children to work hard and dream big leads them to achieve global superstardom.
Noemi Gonzalez will play Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister and best friend, who learns to embrace her role as the first female drummer in Tejano music history, and Seidy Lopez will play Marcella Quintanilla, Selena’s mother and the cohesive, nurturing force in the family, who believes in achieving their dreams against all odds.
“Selena is an inspirational figure who’s transcended generations. At Campanario, we’ve always known it was crucial for this series to find actors with the right mix of talent, charisma, and passion to honor Selena’s legacy and the story of her family,” Jaime Davila, president and co-founder of Campanario Entertainment. “Our casting director Carla Hool and her team have found an amazing cast to depict the Quintanilla family, and we’re sure fans everywhere will be captivated yet again by Selena’s incredible life.”
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