No matter how many years pass, Selena Quintanilla remains an icon. The Tejano superstar, who died in 1995, has been remembered over the decades through makeup tributes, song covers, and of course, the 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez. Now Netflix is jumping into the Selena Forever movement with a new series based on the late singer’s life and career.
Although Netflix announced the show in December 2018, it’s been keeping some of the details under wraps. We do know it’s going to be a multipart “coming-of-age” story helmed by Moisés Zamora, who will serve as the series’s writer and executive producer. Members of Selena’s family, including her father, her former manager, and her sister and bandmate, are also involved.
“Selena will always have a lasting place in music history, and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. 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,” said Selena’s sister, Suzette, in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.”
It’s going to be a while until the show drops. But until then, here’s everything we know so far:
The cast: Walking Dead actress Christian Serratos will step into Selena’s shoes. Her casting was confirmed with a first-look video that Netflix released on November 12 that shows Serratos in Selena’s signature red lipstick and the unforgettable purple jumpsuit. Taking the Selena reins from J. Lo sounds like a challenge, but judging from this video, Serratos can definitely do the role justice.
The video also came with a longer cast announcement: The show will include Desperate Housewives alumnus Richard Chavira as Selena’s father; Purge actor Gabriel Chavarria as Selena’s brother, A.B.; Seidly Lopez as Selena’s mother; and Noemi Gonzalez as Suzette.
The plot: There was some secrecy surrounding the show when it was first announced. Netflix originally shared only an all-black screen with text over it, set to the track of people cheering. If you look for the show on the platform, a description says simply, “As Mexican-American Tejano singer Selena comes of age and realizes her dreams, she and her family make tough choices to hold onto love and music.”
The Quintanillas’ involvement:__ Selena’s family is involved in the production. Her sister, Suzette, and her father are listed as executive producers.
The premiere date: The show is expected to drop sometime in 2020.