*Gabrielle Douglas, the first black gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics, will be the subject of Lifetime movie.
The cable network has greenlighted “The Gabby Douglas Story” (working title), an original movie starring Imani Hakim (“Everybody Hates Chris”) and Sydney Mikayla as the two-time Olympic gold medalist, “Southland” alum Regina King as her mother and S. Epatha Merkerson (“Law & Order”) as her grandmother.
Mikayla will portray Douglas during her childhood while Hakim will play her as a teenager and young adult. Douglas also will appear in the film, produced by Sony Pictures TV.
The film will begin during Gabby’s early years, including the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie (King), three siblings and grandmother (Merkerson) in Virginia Beach at age 14 and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow (Brian Tee) to pursue her dream of Olympic glory. The move paid off, and Gabby at 16 made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team — known as “The Fierce Five” — winning Team Competition and Individual All-round gold medals.
She recently returned to the gym, training on her own in Los Angeles with the goal of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.