Updated 04:47 AM EDT, Mon, Jun 01, 2020

Nicki Minaj To Produce & Star in New Comedy Series Based On Her Childhood For ABC Family

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Nicki Minaj is executive producing and starring in a new ABC Family scripted comedy series based on her life.

The project comes from Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, with the pilot episode to be filmed in Minaj's hometown, Queens, New York, this winter, Deadline reported.

"Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches," said ABC Family's EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke, as quoted by Deadline. "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."

According to the news outlet, the still untitled series is penned by Kate Angelo and will center on the 32-year-old rapper's childhood life in Queens in the 1990s "with her vibrant immigrant family and the personal and musical evolution that lead to her eventual rise to stardom." Minaj was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago before moving to the U.S.

Minaj, Kaplan, and Angelo serve as executive producers alongside Stella Bulochnikov, Brian Sher, and Gee Roberson, Deadline listed.

"This is one of the more unique adventures I've ever embarked on," the "Anaconda" rapper said, as reported by 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."

After news of her new project went out, Minaj tweeted that she is now "launching a nationwide search" for a child actress to portray a young version of herself.

Prior to her music career, Minaj studied acting at Manhattan's LaGuardia High School. Since then, she has released multiple albums, with her third full-length record, "The Pinkprint," becoming the second highest-selling female debut of 2014 and placing at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, the news outlet noted.

The recording artist debuted her acting skills in a voice role in the 2012 animation "Ice Age: Continental Drift" and a co-starring part in last year's comedy "The Other Woman," Deadline added. She also recently finished filming her first starring movie role in MGM's "Barbershop 3." As for her TV credits, Minaj appeared in NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in 2014 as a musical guest but also did sketches in which she impersonated Kim Kardashian and Beyonce.

'Only' MV Penalized

Sky TV was penalized for airing Minaj's music video for "Only" on MTV.

The clip, which also showcased Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, depicts Minaj gyrating, suggestively dancing, and "torturing" her co-stars, Stuff wrote. The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) argued that the video should have been graded 16LC, content suitable for viewers 16-years and over, because of its explicit nature, language, content, and visuals.

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