The stars of ABC Family’s Nicki, based on the life of creator Nicki Minaj, were announced Friday — and in case you’re wondering, yes, each actor was “literally hand picked” by the superstar herself.
Minaj released the names on social media, beginning with Ariana Neal (Fruitvale Station), who will play the singer before she became the anaconda magnet she is today.
Additional cast members include Selita Ebanks (Real Husbands of Hollywood) as Nicki’s mom Grace, Wesley Jonathan (What I Like About You) as Nicki’s dad Vincent and McCarrie McCausland (Army Wives) as Nicki’s brother Vincent.
As a bonus, it was also announced that Whoopi Goldberg (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) will guest-star in an episode.
Though a premiere date hasn’t been announced, we at least know that Nicki won’t begin until after ABC Family becomes Freeform on Jan. 12.
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