The cast of Nicki Minaj’s upcoming ABC Family comedy has been announced. The network has reportedly found their young Nicki, casting eleven year old Fruitvale Station actress Ariana Neal in the lead role.
Other notable cast additions include Selita Ebanks as Nicki’s mother, Grace; Wesley Johnathan as her father, Vincent, and McCarrie McCausland as Nicki’s older brother Jaylen. Whoppi Goldberg has also been cast in a recurring role, playing the family’s kind-hearted, yet slightly nosy neighbor, Miss Martha.
The half-hour comedy is set to begin shooting within the next few weeks, reportedly in Nicki’s old Queens neighborhood. Tim Story, who directed Ride Along and Think Like a Man, is also set to direct the pilot.
I have pre-screen access to all ABC shows, so stay tuned, as I will surely let you know well in advance if the show is actually worth watching.