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Nicki Minaj has found the young actress to play herself in her upcoming ABC Family comedy, titled “Nicki.” The cable network — which will be Freeform when the series is on air — announced the full cast on Friday.
Ariana Neal will play the title character. Most recently, she played Kevin Hart’s daughter in “Get Hard,” the comedy with Will Ferrell. She also co-starred in “Fruitvale Station” with Michael B. Jordan and “Repentance” with Forest Whitaker. Coming up, she will appear in the ensemble film “Mother’s Day,” which includes an A-list cast of Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.
Aside from Neal, model Selita Ebanks (“Real Husbands of Hollywood”) will play Grace, Minaj’s mother. Wesley Jonathan (“The Soul Man”) will play Vincent, Minaj’s father; and McCarrie McCausland (“Army Wives,” “The Originals”) will play Jaylen, Minaj’s older brother. Whoopi Goldberg will guest star as Nicki’s neighbor, Miss Martha. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Formed in 2012 as the Lionsgate’s ‘next generation’ offshoot, Codeblack has activities which span movie production and distribution through to home entertainment, TV syndication and new channel monetization. Its previous releases include “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,” and independent thriller “Repentance,” starring Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker.
Codeblack signed a previous output deal with Times Media Films, covering South Africa, in October 2014.
“Codeblack is expanding its footprint beyond the domestic marketplace,” said Jeff Clanagan, Founder, CEO and President of CodeBlack Entertainment. “We’re dedicated to providing international growth and visibility for our content partners and look forward to pursuing additional alliances with distributors in markets around the world. »
- Patrick Frater
Editor's Note: Previously titled "Vipaka," the film, which premiered at Slamdance 2013, was later picked up by Codeblack Films (via Lionsgate), retitled "Repentance," and released in theaters a year later (2014), is now streaming on Netflix, as of this week... Directed by French/Lebanese filmmaker Philippe Caland ("Boxing Helena"), the psychological thriller "Vipaka," which is set in New Orleans, take its title from a Buddhist term meaning Karma, a major theme in the film, which comes with a few thrills and a twist, but unfortunately fell short of our expectations. On one hand, it was wonderful to see black characters in »
- Shadow And Act
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