Well, here’s something none of us probably saw coming but that makes a lot of sense. Nicki Minaj is due to star in an ABC Family sitcom about her own life, and more particularly her upbringing in Queens, which should be interesting. If you’re wondering where the sense part comes in, Nicki actually studied theatre and acting while still in high school, so it’s definitely in her background (and she’s had a few cameos in movies, to boot).
The project, from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment, will film a pilot episode in Minaj’s hometown this winter, with the intention to continue to series.
Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, Minaj moved to the U.S. as a child. Written by Kate Angelo (Sex Tape), the untitled series will focus 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.
“Nicki Minaj is a force to be reckoned with at everything she touches,” said ABC Family’s EVP Programming and Development Karey Burke. “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.”
As for Nicki, she’s pretty stoked about the project, even if it does seem a little strange.
“This is one of the more unique adventures I’ve ever embarked on,” said Minaj. “I couldn’t be more proud and excited to team up with an amazing group of people to give the world something really special.”
I’m not sure how long this will last or how much traction it’ll have, but it’ll be interesting while it lasts. However, considering the show will be on ABC Family, it’ll have to stay pretty PG-rated to be appropriate for all (or at least most) ages. I’m wondering who the target audience for this will be, as well, other than Nicki’s already established fanbase. I guess time will tell!