UPDATE 2:00 p.m.:
Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to confirm the news, adding that she's "launching a nationwide search" to find someone to portray young Nicki:
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Nicki Minaj will executive produce and appear in a new ABC Family comedy series based on her early years in Queens, New York. The pilot episode for the still-untitled series is scheduled for filming in Minaj's hometown later this year, from a script by Sex Tape screenwriter Kate Angelo. "Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches," ABC Family's Karey Burke said in a statement. "Nicki is an international superstar, yet not everyone knows how inspiring and hilarious her true story is, and we can't wait to share it with the world."
"This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” Minaj tells 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." The series will reportedly center on "Minaj’s growing up in Queens in the 1990s with her vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom," so essentially a promising biopic in the form of a scripted series.
Of course, Nicki Minaj is no stranger to the art of acting. She studied the craft in Manhattan at LaGuardia High School, ultimately pursuing a career in film before becoming the
unstoppable unfuckwithable pop superstar she is today. She will next appear in Barbershop 3 in 2016 alongside Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, and Queen Latifah.