January 09, 2014
LAWT News Service
Imani Hakim, best known for her role as Tonya Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, to star as Gabby Douglas in the Lifetime Original Movie “The Gabby Douglas Story” (working title), produced by Sony Pictures Television. The movie details 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-round Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympics.
Hakim will play Gabby Douglas, as a teenager and young adult.
The cast also includes Sydney Mikayla who will portray Douglas during her childhood, Peabody Award-winning actress Regina King as her mother and Golden Globe® and Emmy®-winner S. Epatha Merkerson as her grandmother.
“The Gabby Douglas Story” is set to air on Lifetime in February 2014.