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What is the story behind film Selena?

Selena is an American biographical musical drama film. The film is about the life and career of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (Tenjo Music Star) before Yolanda Saldívar murdered her at the age of 23. She was born in Texas into a musical Mexican-American family. Her father notices her talent and begins performing with her at small venues. Soon she finds success. She begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Quick Facts Selena –

  • Director– Gregory Nava
  • Producers – Abraham Quintanilla, Moctesuma Esparza, Robert Katz
  • Writer – Gregory Nava
  • Casts – Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie, Jacob Vargas, Lupe Ontiveros, Jackie Guerra.
  • Release Date – March 21, 1997

More Details Selena –

Yolanda Saldívar shot Selena on March 31, 1995. Yolanda was a former friend who had managed the singer’s boutiques (Selena Etc.). The producers Abraham thought that people would come to know the real story by making a film. The news that Abraham wants to produce an officially authorized film reached Hollywood, and Moctesuma Esparza approached him about co-partnering the film. He helped Abraham in filmmaking. Abraham did the casts, director, approval of the script all.

Gregory Nava was chosen to write the script. On 4th March 1996, the 1st draft was submitted. Roger Mussenden was hired as casting director, and he held casting calls throughout the US. Casting calls began on March 16, 1996, and concluded on March 23. Jennifer Lopez was cast as Selena. Later it was announced that Puerto Rican Jon Seda, Edward James Olmos has joined the cast.

In September 1996, principal photography began in San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, Poteet, Lake Jackson, Texas. Locals were used as extras for the film. Selena’s singing voice was dubbed onto Lopez’s performance. The film soundtracks were released on March 11, 1997, by EMI Latin, and on the US Billboard 200, it was ranked number 20. There are twelve tracks on the CD and Selena singing the songs heard in the film.  The film grossed $35.5M domestically. The first DVD release was released in 1997. Critics liked the film. 

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