According to a report from Vulture, the streaming service has chosen actress Christian Serratos to play the late singer. A "source close to the show" shared the update with the entertainment site, though Netflix has yet to confirm it. A separate report from Variety says Serratos is currently in negotiations for the role.
Serratos, 28, is best known for her role as Rosita Espinosa on The Walking Dead. She also had a minor role in the Twilight movies. Jennifer Lopez's casting as Selena in the artist's 1997 biopic drew criticism because Lopez is Nuyorican — or a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent. Serratos, meanwhile, is of Mexican and Italian ancestry.
Some of Serratos' social media followers have commented on her Selena-like appearance prior to the Vulture report. In response to a January 5 Instagram post, users left comments comparing Serratos — pictured with whispy bangs, red lipstick and big hoop earrings — to the singer.
"designed to play out over two seasons," according to Vulture. Production is reportedly set to begin in Mexico in the next few weeks.
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