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The story of Gabby Douglas’ rise to Olympic fame is coming to life as a TV movie!

According to reports, a casting call for the upcoming film, tentatively called The Gabby Douglas Story, has been sent out and producers are aiming to begin filing as earlier as September 9.

Casting director Tracy Twinkie Byrd — best known for films like Sparkle, Stomp The Yard, Jumping The Broom and Fruitvale Station — sent out this description for the film’s starring role:

“FEMALE, African American, VERY Petite, Great Smile, Great Eyes, Gymnastic & Dance Ability a PLUS! Takes Direction Well. [GABBY (8 TO SMALL 12 YEARS OLD) and (13 TO 16 YEARS OLD)] (No taller than 5′ 2”)”.

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The Gregg Champion-directed project is scheduled to shoot for seven weeks in Winnipeg, Canada. Read the movie synopsis below and let us know if you plan to check it out!

Gabrielle Douglas was born on December 31, 1995, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Gabby Douglas began formal gymnastics training at 6 years old and won a state championship by the time she was 8.

She moved away from her hometown and family in 2010 to pursue training with a world-renowned Olympic trainer, and was selected to compete with the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. There, Douglas became the first African American to win gold in the individual all-around event.”


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