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"El Rey" is the only series approved by El Charro de Huentitán himself before he died. Photo: Getty.
'El Rey' is the only series approved by El Charro de Huentitán himself before he died. Photo: Getty Images.

Vicente Fernández series will premiere on Netflix

The series 'El Rey,' about the Mexican legend, will premiere on Netflix on Sept. 14.

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The new show El Rey will tell the story of Vicente Fernández “from its humble origins to the peak of stardom."

"The whirlwind of the life and career of Mexican music icon Vicente Fernández over seven decades,” reads Netflix's description of the show.

This week, the streaming giant released the trailer for El Rey, about the life and work of 'Chente,' which stars Mexican actor Jaime Camil, who along with Fabricio Serna, Sebastián García and Sebastián Duarte, will play the role of the Mexican singer-songwriter at various stages of his life.

“I am always watching interviews, watching his life. It's amazing how that man put ranchera music on the world map. Playing Vicente Fernández is the biggest and most important challenge that has ever come to my life,” Camil recently said in an interview.

The latest biopic fromCaracol TV and Netflix about the 'Charro de Huentitán' began to take shape in 2019 and had the approval of Fernández himself, who died on Dec. 12, 2021.

El Rey was shot in various locations in the United States and also in Real del Monte, Hidalgo, the streets of Huentitán, the Cha Cha Cha Hall, the Esperanza Iris Theater, and the Barranquilla Theater in Colombia and Mexico.

The production previously premiered on Caracol TV exclusively in Colombian territory. There, El Rey quickly became the prime time leader, reaching more than 9 million viewers.

The biopic will be available on Netflix starting on Sept. 14.

Two series about Chente

El Rey is not the only television series about Vicente Fernández produced in 2022. However, it is the only one that has the approval of the Fernández family.

The other television production is The Last King: The Son of the People broadcast on Televisa.

The series is based on the book by the Argentine writer Olga Wornat, and stars Pablo Montero, Angélica Aragón, César Évora and Iliana Fox. The story told by The Last King: The Son of the People is rejected by the family of Chente, who accuses the television network of taking advantage of the singer's image for profit.

“It makes me sad that gentlemen who called themselves friends and shared bread at our table, have started a plan since October to steal Vicente's rights, when he could not defend himself because he was seriously ill in a hospital bed. I would like to see what they had tried to do when he was alive!” María Refugio Abarca de Ruiseñor, better known as Cuquita, the widow of Fernández said about the Televisa series.

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