Ten months after the announcement of the series in its first trailer, “Selena: The Series” has been given the official release date of December 4, 2020.
The series will follow Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez from her childhood to her rise in fame. The story of Selena was most famously told in the 1997 film “Selena,” that served as the rise for the career of Jennifer Lopez, who played Quintanilla-Perez.
“Selena: The Series” comes a year after the release of the Telemundo series “El secreto de Selena,” a series focusing on Selena’s murder at the hands of Yolanda Saldivar. The Telemundo series was not officially endorsed by the Quintanilla family, who publicly condemned the series.
This mirrors the situation that came about immediately after the death of Selena. Upon hearing rumors of documentaries and films being released about Selena without his permission, Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, decided to produce the 1997 film despite his family’s grieving to prevent false information being spread.
For this series, actress Christian Serratos will be playing the role of Selena. Serratos has been acting since 2004 with her earliest roles being Suzie Crabgrass in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” and Angela Weber in the “Twilight” series. More recently, Serratos has had a role on “The Walking Dead” playing Rosita Espinosa.
With casting Serratos, the series is avoiding the same controversy received from the 1997 film. The casting of Jennifer Lopez was heavily criticized at the time by the Mexican media for being cast as Selena, a Mexican-American from Texas, when she was a Puerto-Rican from New York. Serratos herself is Mexican and Italian.
“Selena: The Series” is currently set to debut with nine episodes on December 4th.