Little Nicki Has Been Found! Minaj Announces the Cast for Her New TV Show Based on Her Childhood
Nicki Minaj said she cried when she watched the audition of the little girl set to play her, Ariana Neal
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.