Nicki Minaj announces the cast for her new sitcom

The cast of the new show based on Nicki Minaj’s life has been announced.

Ariana Neal (Fruitvale Station) has nabbed the role as young Nicki. Her mother Grace will be played by former model Selita Ebanks, and Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You) will portray her father Vincent. McCarrie McCausland (The Orginials) has been cast as her older brother Jaylen. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as their neighbor Miss Martha.

Nicki wote on her Instagram account that she hand picked this cast.

I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series “Nicki” ~ #ABCFamily #Freeform ~ 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 seemed particularity excited about Ariana:

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!

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