Netflix casts Christian Serratos to star as Selena in new bio-series

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It seems like Netflix has found the next Selena Quintanilla. Sources have confirmed that the streaming giant has cast actress Christian Serratos to play the role of the Tejano singer in the upcoming Selena: The Series. The project, which was picked up by the company last year, is set to start production within the next month, and it looks like producers have already found their star. 

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Christian was born and raised in California and is of Mexican and Italian descent. At just 28 years old, she already has quite a lot of projects under her belt, and she currently stars in the hit series The Walking Dead. Netflix declined to comment on the casting choice, but judging from her photos, there is definitely a resemblance between her and the late singer.  

Sources confirmed that she had been cast for the role.

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Sources confirmed to Vulture that the actress was cast for the role and is in negotiations to be the star of the upcoming Netflix show. The streaming service declined to comment on its casting choice. Apparently there have been some scheduling and production conflicts due to Christian's role as Rosita in AMC's hit show The Walking Dead, which films in Atlanta. The Netflix show's production is set to take place in Mexico starting next month and will run for two seasons. Since The Walking Dead will still be filming, the actress might have to abandon her work in the long-running series.  

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Christian has some big shoes to fill.

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Moisés Zamora will be executive producing this show, and now that he reportedly has a star, it's time to make sure that millions of Selena's fans are satisfied with the results. Not only was Selena adored by many around the world, but her 1997 biopic starring Jennifer Lopez also was well-received by her adoring fans. Selena left a huge legacy, and any actress who steps into the role has a lot to live up to. 

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Like Selena, Christian is also Mexican American.

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She shares some similarities with Selena. The singer grew up in Texas and was raised by parents of Mexican descent. Christian was born in Pasadena, California, and was raised in Burbank. Her mother is of Mexican descent, and her father is of Italian descent.

She has been a part of major projects in the past.

Christian has been acting since she was a child. She has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including The Twilight Saga series, The Walking Dead, and Hannah Montana. 

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Netflix announced that it was creating 'Selena: The Series' last year.

Netflix announced that it was creating 'Selena: The Series' last year.

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Netflix announced in December 2018 that it had ordered a scripted series based on the Queen of Tejano's life that will run for two seasons. According to Netflix’s press release at the time, the show is set to be "a coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music."

The project received the blessing of Selena's family.

Other project ideas based on her life have been met with opposition, but this project was well-received by Selena's fans because her family is directly involved. Selena’s sister, Suzette Quintanilla, and her father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., will serve as executive producers.

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