The first official trailer for Netflix’s Selena: The Series just dropped, and we’ve already got chills
Nearly two years after announcing they were producing a scripted Selena series, Netflix has released two extra-exciting updates: the release date for the two-part series, and its first full-length trailer. And although we’ve seen social media glimpses of star Christian Serratos as the Queen of Tejano Music, the trailer offers deeper insight into what fans can expect.
“Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. Selena: The Series explores her journey from singing small gigs to becoming the most successful female Latin artist of all time — and the years of hard work and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together,” the description for the trailer reads.
The trailer gives a sneak peek at that iconic progression. In one scene, a very young Selena (played by Madison Taylor Baez) sings the Osmonds “I’m Leaving It (All) Up To You” while catching fireflies in her family’s yard. Her parents hear her, thus discovering the innate talent of their daughter.
As the trailer progresses, we see Selena perform with her sibling group, Selena y los Dinos. Also shown? Some behind-the-scenes dynamics between Selena and her parents, as well as Selena and her guitarist boyfriend Chris Peréz (whom she later married). And finally, we see Selena transform into a global superstar, playing in front of thousands of adoring fans.
In addition to Serratos — who truly seems to embody the Tejano singer in the trailer — Selena: The Series also stars Gabriel Chavarria, Ricardo Chavira, Noemí Gonzalez, and Seidy López. Selena is exec produced by Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Hiromi Kamata, Suzette Quintanilla, Simran A. Singh and Moises Zamora.
For fans fearing that another adaptation might not do justice to the musical legend, well, they shouldn’t be: The Quintanilla family developed and executive produced the two-part series alongside Netflix.
The series comes 23 years after the release of the cult-classic film version of Selena’s life story, which memorably starred Jennifer Lopez, and 25 years after Selena’s death. Then 23 years old, Selena’s life was tragically cut short when she was killed by Yolanda Saldívar, the founder of her fan club, on March 31, 1995.
It’s unclear how much of the events surrounding Selena’s death will be portrayed on Netflix’s new series. However, we’ll find out soon enough — part one debuts on Dec. 4.