Netflix gave eager music fans one heck of a surprise as it dropped the release date and trailer for Selena: The Series – a biography drama series based on the real life of Mexican-American singer Selena Quintanilla.
Actress Christian Serratos, who is of Mexican and Italian descent, will play the titular role. Serratos was known for playing Angela Weber in the Twilight saga, and as Rosita Espinosa in long-running series The Walking Dead.
Selena: The Series is a coming-of-age story that explores the life of singer Selena and her meteoric rise from a local Texas singer-songwriter to a global music phenomenon. The series also documents Selena's dreams as they become reality, as well as all of the heartbreaking and life-changing choices she and her family had to make. The two-part show will kick off with Part 1, composed of six one-hour episodes directed by Hiromi Kamata.
The official trailer of the upcoming Netflix series begins with a young Selena speaking with her father and manager Abraham Quintanilla Jr. "Do you trust your father?" he asks. "Yes," she responds. "If you keep practicing, pretty soon it’s all gonna pay off. Just watch," he says. The short clip ends with him reminiscing about Selena's early days as she performs her hit song, Como La Flor onstage. "When I see you on that stage, I still see the six-year-old girl singing in our backyard," he says.
The new drama series stars Serratos, Julio Macias, Gabriel Chavarria, Noemí Gonzalez, Ricardo Chavira, Madison Taylor Baez, and Jesse Posey. The show is created by executive producer Moisés Zamora. Selena's sister, Suzette Quintanilla, is also one of the executive producers.
Selena: The Series Part 1 is scheduled to premiere on Netflix Dec. 4.