Back in September, ABC Family/Freeform announced that Nicki Minaj would be bringing a sitcom about her life to their network in 2016. Since then, Nicki has been on a nationwide hunt for the perfect actress to portray little Onika. The search is finally over.

Nicki posted on her Instagram that 11-year-old Fruitvale Station actress Ariana Neal will take on the starring role on the show, titled Nicki.

“I literally cried watching her taped audition,” Nicki wrote. “I demanded to meet her! Sat in a room with her teaching her how to rap by doing a beat on the table & forcing her to stay on beat! Lol. Then pulled out all the attitude she had in her lil body. Haha! She’s tough! And so sweet & cute. #ArianaNeal #LilNicki Welcome to the family lil lady bug!”

The rest of the cast includes, model/actress Selita Ebanks will play Nicki‘s mother, Grace (her mom’s name is Carol in real life,) Wesley Jonathan will play Nicki‘s father, and McCarrie McCausland will play Nicki‘s older brother, Jaylen. (In real life, his name is Jelani.) Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as their neighbor.

“I am honored and excited to announce that I’ve literally hand picked the main characters of my scripted series “Nicki” ~ #ABCFamily #Freeform,” Nicki says. “I’ve been going to the auditions falling in love with some incredible people. Looking forward to unveiling this groundbreaking new show for you guys in 2016!”

Nicki is slated to premiere next summer on Freeform.

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