Actor Jaime Camil shared the first glimpse of himself as late Mexican singer Vicente Fernández for the upcoming Caracol/Netflix bioseries, The Idol of the People.
“An invitation from THE KING himself,” Camil wrote on his Instagram account along with the first trailer of the series. “Here you have the first sneak peek to his true story. The honor, privilege and gratitude of playing him is limitless.”
The trailer includes a video of Fernández, himself, speaking to viewers. He tells them that the series will present “my history, my songs, my feelings…and how much I love them.”
The first trailer shows Fernández at different points in his life – as a young boy and teenager growing up in the town of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to performing on stage as a young man and getting married to Maria del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, AKA Doña Cuquita, in 1963.
Fernández died on December 12, 2021, at the age of 81, but not before signing a contract with Caracol and Netflix to tell his story. According to the Fernández family, The Idol of the People is the only authorized version of El Charro de Huentitán’s life that Fernández agreed to.
An unauthorized series, ‘El Último Rey’ from Televisa-Univisión, was released in Mexico in March and will make its debut in the United States later this month. The show’s executive producer, Juan Osorio, also announced a second season for the series, although the Fernández family has voiced their displeasure with the show.
The Idol of the People does not currently have a release date, but the Caracol trailer included a title card that says “2022” alongside some additional glimpses of Fernández. When he first booked the role, Jamie Camil wrote on Instagram that it was “one of the biggest and most important challenges of my career.”