ABC Family will hold open online auditions to find an actress to play a younger version of Nicki Minaj for a new series based on the singer’s life, the network announced Monday.
The network is searching for a girl between the ages of 11-13 to play the younger version of Grammy Award-nominated singer. Minaj will executive produce the half-hour comedy series based on her family’s immigration from Trinidad to the U.S. in the early 1990s.
The show will focus on Minaj’s childhood in Queens with her family, and the personal and musical evolution that led to her eventual 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,” the “Anaconda” said of the series commitment. “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.
ABC Family announced in October that it will change its name to Freeform effective Jan. 2016. The rebranding is part of the network’s effort, announced at its upfront presentation in April, to focus on viewers ages 14-34 — a group that it has dubbed “Becomers.”