Nicki Minaj's upcoming ABC Family sitcom is moving at full speed, and several details surrounding the forthcoming series, which will be inspired by the Young Money honey's younger years, have finally been revealed.
The show (appropriately titled "Nicki") will feature Ariana Neal as little Onika, and Miss Minaj couldn't be any happier. In fact, the rapper "literally cried watching her taped audition," before demanding to meet the young star. If she looks familiar, it's because Ariana played a young Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in VH1's CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.
"I am honored and excited to announce that I've literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series," Nicki wrote on Instagram. "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!"
When it comes to Ariana's flow, the MC said that she "sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat!"
You can also expect some additional "Nicki" star power from Selita Ebanks (Grace, Nicki's mom), McCarrie McCausland (Jaylen, Nicki's older brother), Wesley Jonathan (Vincent, Nicki and Jaylen's father) and Whoopi Goldberg (Nicki's neighbor, Miss Martha) and, of course, occasional appearances from Nicki herself.
Here's looking forward to an exciting 2016 for all the Barbz and Kenz.
Check out Nicki Minaj's photo of Ariana Neal below!
I literally cried watching her taped audition. 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. 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! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 #ABCFamily #Freeform #Nicki
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