It’s been 25 years since her tragic death, and we would still do anything for Selena Quintanilla.
The Mexican-American singer has become an icon in the years since her death. Jennifer Lopez previously brought the “Queen of Tejano music” to life onscreen in the 1997 biopic Selena, and country music queen Kacey Musgraves even covered the Selena hit “Como La Flor” at last year’s RodeoHouston. In addition to her music, fans can still buy Selena-themed merch and makeup.
For fans who need more Selena, you’re in luck. Last year, Netflix announced it was developing a series based on the singer’s life. This Tuesday, October 6, the streamer unveiled its first teaser for the upcoming show.
“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice,” reads the series’ description. “The two-part coming-of-age drama Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.”
Christian Serratos (The Walking Dead) stars as Selena. In the new preview, we see her take the stage with her father, who says in a voiceover, “When I see you on that stage, I still see that 6-year-old girl singing in our backyard.”
Back in 2017, Xorje Olivares wrote about his love for the Selena movie for NewNowNext, including why the biopic has such a large LGBTQ fanbase:
Selena stands as a perfect tribute to the ability to embrace identity and transcend expectations, regardless of language, ethnicity or culture. And you don’t have to be Tejano to feel that way. Why else would people of varied backgrounds—LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ alike—feel as deeply about it as I do? Twenty years of constant airings on cable proves that we all enjoy watching someone harness their version of the American Dream.
Selena offered mainstream America a (highly dramatized) glimpse at a performer who introduced countless Latino millennials to music. Selena Quintanilla had it all: the voice, the moves, the smile, the ambition. She personified the Mexican-American experience for a lot of us, specifically Tejanos. And she still does today, more than two decades after her untimely death at the hands of pinche Yolanda.
Part one of the two-part Selena: The Series premieres December 4 on Netflix. Check out the new teaser below.