*Nicki Minaj has teamed up with ABC Family for a scripted comedy series based on her family’s immigration from Trinidad to the U.S. in the early 1990s, and the network will hold online auditions in search of an actress to play a younger version of the rapper.
As The Wrap reports, the role calls for a girl between the ages of 11-13 to play the younger version Minaj, who will executive produce the half-hour series.
The untitled series will focus on Nicki’s childhood in Queens with her family, and the personal and musical evolution that led to her rise to stardom. The series will shoot in New York and received a series commitment order in September.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj told Deadline. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
To access the script and upload audition video, download the free Disney Applause app, select “ABC Family’s Online Open Call” and follow instructions. Disney Applause is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. All materials will be accepted through Sunday, Nov. 15th.
Before she focused her attention on music, Minaj attended Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and studied acting. A British TV series called “You Saw Them Here First” unearthed a brief clip of her rehearsing in acting class. This ABC project will mark Nicki’s foray into TV. Her big screen credits include, voicing a character in 2012’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” and making her on-screen debut in 2014’s “The Other Woman.” Next year, she’ll join Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve in “Barbershop 3.”
As Rolling Stone notes, Minaj is the only woman on Forbes’ list of the “Highest Paid Rap Acts” of 2015, raking in $21 million.