The cast has been confirmed for an upcoming comedy series based on the life of pop singer Nicki Minaj. ABC Family announced that Ariana Neal (“Get Hard,” “Fruitvale Station”) will play the title role in “Nicki.”
The series is inspired by the early life of Minaj, before she became a multiplatinum-selling superstar. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as Nicki’s neighbor, Miss Martha.
Selita Ebanks (“Real Husbands of Hollywood“) will play Grace, Nicki’s mom; Wesley Jonathan (“The Soul Man”) will play Vincent, Nicki and Jaylen’s father; and McCarrie McCausland (“Army Wives,” “The Originals”) will play Jaylen, Nicki’s older brother.
Minaj is an executive producer and will also appear on the series. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016.