Since the tragic death of Jenni Rivera, rumors of who would take on the role of the late Mexican-American singer in movies, series and musicals have continuously swirled -- and now an unexpected choice has been made.
Mexican telenovela actress Itatí Cantoral has confirmed that she will bring “La Diva de la Banda” to life in a 10 episode U.S. series for Estrella TV, according to People en Español.
During an interview with Mexican radio program “Todo para la mujer,” Cantoral admitted that her singing range was not comparable to that of Rivera's but that she she could and would sing as part of her role.
The 38-year-old actress told Univision’s “El Gordo y la Flaca” that the role was a “privilege and a challenge.” Despite knowing Rivera personally before her untimely death in December 2012, Cantoral says she will depend on the singer’s family to help her with the role.
“I will have to get in contact with Jenni’s family, with which I have great memories,” the actress told the radio show according to People. “I will obviously gather all the information I can to avoid making a caricature.”
Earlier this month, Jenni Rivera's family announced they'd like to see the late singer's daughter, Chiquis, bring her mother to life on the silver screen, though nothing has been confirmed.