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Nicki Minaj Casts Ariana Neal as Her Young Self in New Show!

Nicki Minaj Casts Ariana Neal as Her Young Self in New Show!

Nicki Minaj has revealed the casting for her upcoming ABC Family/Freeform scripted comedy series Nicki!

Young actress Ariana Neal will be playing the title role, inspired by Nicki in her early years before becoming a superstar. Selita Ebanks will be playing Grace, Nicki’s mom; Wesley Jonathan will play her father; and McCarrie McCausland will player her brother.

Whoopi Goldberg is set to guest star as Nicki’s neighbor, Miss Martha.

“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!” Nicki wrote on Instagram.

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