Nicki Minaj’s childhood will be chronicled in a new television series – and the cast has already been selected!
The 33-year-old rapper took to Instagram over the weekend to gush about Ariana Neal, the 11-year-old selected to play a young Minaj in the upcoming ABC Family series Nicki.
“I literally cried watching her taped audition. I demanded to meet her!” Minaj captioned a photo of the little girl.
“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!”
The half-hour series is based on Minaj’s childhood in Queens, New York, after she and her family migrated from Trinidad in the ’90s, according to ABC Family.
The 33-year-old rapper will executive-produce and appear in the series, CNN reports. Filming is set to being in January.
ABC Family will rebrand itself as Freeform in January, the company announced in October.