Sunday, February 2, 2014
Lifetime Network Airs Biopic About U.S. Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas Starring Regina King
This week, Lifetime Network is airing an original biopic about U.S. Olympic Champion Gabby Douglas. Produced by Sony Pictures TV, the made-for-TV movie follows Douglas from childhood when she began formal gymnastics as a 6-year-old to her gold medal victory as a champion in the 2012 Olympics. The film is directed by Gregg Champion (best known for Lifetime’s Amish Grace) and written by Maria Nation (best known for Lifetime’s The Two Mr. Kissels).
Two young actresses play the role as her - Sydney Mikayla is Gabby Douglas as a child, and Imani Hakim is Gabby Douglas as a teenager. Regina King plays her mother, and S. Epatha Merkerson is her grandmother. Even Douglas herself appears in the film as well... herself.
The inspirational movie is a tell-all and even gets into the family's financial issues, as her mom tried to keep up with the cost of Gabby's gymnastics career and caring for her three other children. The movie also shows the sacrifice and perseverance that Gabby herself made as she and her teammates were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-round gold medals.
The movie will air February 2-4 at various times each day. For more details, visit www.mylifetime.com/movies/the-gabby-douglas-story
Here are a few clips:
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