The Gabby Douglas Story About The Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Is Set To Air On Lifetime
Lifetime is hoping to score gold with their newest biopic.
The cable network is currently filming the original movie, The Gabby Douglas Story, following the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon, who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African-American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The film stars Imani Hakim (Everybody Hates Chris, Love Reign Over Me) and Sydney Mikayla (Whitney), who have been cast to share the role of the two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Regina King (Southland, Ray) and Golden Globe and Emmy-winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order).
Imani Hakim is set to play Gabrielle Douglas.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the movie will tell the story of the “prodigy from a very young age, who originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age eight. She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career. While her star was fast rising In The Arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie (King), three siblings, and grandmother (Merkerson) in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow (Brian Tee, The Wolvernine) to pursue her dream of Olympic glory.
Buoyed by her early success, dedication and unyielding love from her family, Gabby made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, with whom she faced intense competition in the London Games. Her sacrifice and perseverance were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-Around gold medals, placing Gabby and her teammates—known as ”The Fierce Five”—among the world’s all-time greats in gymnastics.”
The Gabby Douglas Story will hit the small screen in 2014. Until then, watch as Gabby teaches Wendy Williams how to walk on the balance beam below. Will you be watching The Gabby Douglas Story next year?