Chris Perez Says He’s In the Dark When It Comes To Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’
Not everyone feels so excited about the forthcoming Netflix original “Selena: The Series.”
Fans of Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla are used to buzz about production studios wanting to tell her story. Since the “Baila Esta Cumbia” singer’s death in 1995, we’ve seen her story retold as a movie starring Jennifer Lopez and a 2018 series by Telemundo. Last year, Netflix announced that they were going for the big grab on her story, this time with a biographical drama web television series. While fans elated in updates about “Selena: The Series” from Netflix and the Quintanilla family, it seems the late singer’s husband has not been in the loop at all.
Perez, who was married to Quintanilla from 1992 until her death in 1995, recently complained about his lack of involvement in the series.
Speaking about the Netflix original, which is said to debut this summer and was developed and executive produced alongside the Quintanilla family, Perez said he hasn’t even seen the script.
“Here is a pic I just saw of the actor playing me in the Netflix series. For the record, never met him, haven’t seen the script, and I have NO idea what is going on…..but, I’d love to find out,” he wrote in an Instagram post which featured the image of the actor, Jesse Posey, set to portray him.
“Selena: The Series,” is set to premiere this year and chronicle the singer’s rise to stardom.
The series was created with the participation of the Quintanilla family and announced by Netflix in December of 2018. This past August, Netflix announced that they had cast Serratos, best known for her roles in “The Walking Dead,” “Twilight,” and the Nickelodeon show “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” as the beloved Mexican-American singer. In the one-minute trailer, Serratos can be seen channeling Selena’s classic looks as she looks over a script and practices some of the singer’s most recognizable dance moves. Donned in red lipstick, feathered bangs and later Selena’s iconic purple jumpsuit, Serratos can also be seen greeting the two stars, Ricardo Chavira and Seidy Lopez, playing her parents Abraham and Marcella Quintanilla.
Back in 2016, we reported on a story about a lawsuit between Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Perez which take place the widow’s attempt to develop of a television series based on Perez’s “unauthorized” memoir To Selena, With Love. Perez’s lawyers asked State District Judge Guy Williams to dismiss the lawsuit against him from Selena’s dad, citing his First Amendment right to free speech, but the judge ruled in favor of Quintanilla.
Looks like the animosity between the Quintanillas and Perez lives on. Here’s hoping they come together soon.