Nicki Minaj Announces Cast For Forthcoming Scripted Series

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Nicki Minaj’s forthcoming comedy series just unveiled the cast that’ll bring the project to life. The Queens native took to her social media outlets to reveal who’ll grace your television screen in the New Year, naming Whoopi Goldberg (who’ll play Nicki’s neighbor); Selita Ebanks (taking on the role of her mother named Grace); Wesley Jonathan (who’ll act as Nicki’s father named Vincent); and young actress Ariana Neal who’ll play young Onika.

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On her Instagram account, the “Moment 4 Life” rapper shared her excitement. “I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series ‘Nicki,'” she wrote. “I’ve been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016!”

She also praised the young star who’ll play NickiĀ as a child, revealing that she cried while watching Neal’s audition tape. “I demanded to meet her! Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat! Lol,” she said. “Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She’s tough! And so sweet & cute. #ArianaNeal #LilNicki Welcome to the family lil lady bug!”

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Minaj will executive produce and star in the forthcoming comedy series, which will focus on her life before the world-renowned status.

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