Originally published in La Plaza Press
By JAZUI MEJIA
Fans will be receiving an exciting early Christmas gift in the form of a Netflix series set to hit screens on Dec. 4, 2020.
Twenty-five years have passed since the tragic death of Tejano star Selena Quintanilla, yet her family has only offered the world surprise after surprise. Although the Selena XXV concert (a special version of the annual Fiesta de la Flor festival) was forced to be canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, a renewal of the first MAC Selena collection still became available on Apr. 21 and “Selena: The Series” serves as the grand finale.
The official trailer was released on Oct. 26 showcasing every factor to expect. The small snippet exhibits how much of a broader take the series will have as it includes not just a very young Selena and an older Selena like was seen in the 1997 film, but it will also include everything in-between like Selena’s adolescent life and early performances.
Adorned in classic red lips and sporting infamous teased bangs is Christian Serratos playing the role of Quintanilla. She is best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead”, “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”, and The Twilight Saga. Madison Taylor Baez will step into the shoes of the beloved little Selena fans have all seen before.
Marcella Quintanilla will be played by Mexican legend Seidy Lopez who is known for roles in iconic films such as “Mi Vida Loca”, as well as for her appearance in the original “Selena” film.
Ricardo Chavira from “Desperate Housewives” will play the protective and loving father, Abraham Quintanilla
Quintanilla’s big sister and drummer of Selena y Los Dinos, Suzette Quintanilla, will be played by Noemi Gonzalez who is known for appearing in teen drama “East Los High”. A younger Suzette will be played by newcomer Daniela Estrada.
The older brother with a knack for crafting hits, A.B. Quintanilla III, will be played by Gabriel Chavira who is also known for starring in “East Los High”, and the younger version of him will be played by Juan Martinez.
The role of the much-adored “Amor Prohibido”, Chris Perez, has gone to Jesse Posey who is new to the screens.
Julio Macias, whom fans joke has gone from Spooky of “On My Block” to “El Buki” with his new role, will play Pete Astudillo
Band member Joe Ojeda will be played by Carlos Alfredo Jr.
Another dino, Ricky Vela, will be seen on the screen through actor Hunter Reese Pena.
As expected, the announcement of the upcoming series is already beginning to have an impact here in the Redlands community. Lizbeth Betancourt of Redlands High School says, “Honestly, I’m really excited about it, I hope it’s as I expected it to be, but either way, I’m sure it’ll turn out great. I’m really glad they’re making a series for her, she was a real inspiration to many, especially in the music community.”
Photo made with ibizPaintX, a drawing app. (MIA ARANDA/ La Plaza art)