Gabby Douglas' story seemed to be tailor-made for the movies when sports fans learned the teen gymnast endured living apart from her family to train for the 2012 Olympics where she ended up striking gold. The Lifetime Network apparently thinks so too and has given the greenlight for a biopic to be made about the Olympian. According to a report on Deadline Monday, Sept. 16 the channel will air the movie with Sony Pictures TV producing.
Lifetime also announced actresses Regina King (“How Stella Got her Groove Back”) and S. Epatha Merkson (“Law & Order”) will portray Douglas’ mother and grandmother respectively in the film. Actresses Imani Hakim and Sydney Mikayla will both star as the gold medalist for the television movie which currently has the working title of “The Gabby Douglas Story”.
Douglas made history at the 2012 Summer Olympics when she became the first African-American to win gold in the individual all-around competition. She took home another medal as she and her “Fierce 5” teammates won gold in the team competition.