In 1997, writer and director Gregory Nava released the movie "Selena" a tribute to the Queen of Tejano music Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, who was murdered two years earlier. In the title role was newcomer Jennifer Lopez, who according to Nava “captured the spirit of Selena."
He held an open casting call and tells Yahoo Entertainment 21,000 women came to audition. “It's the biggest search for the role, even bigger than the one that was done for Scarlett O'Hara for "Gone With the Wind.” During the audition, Lopez did one thing that no one else had done. “I remember Marcella [Selena’s mom] gasping and saying, "Oh, she dances just like Selena,’” Nava explains. “She has the talent, the ganas and the passion.”
"Selena" is available for the first time on Blu-ray as part of The Warner Archive Collection.