Margot Robbie Expected To Play Figure Skater Tonya Harding In ‘I, Tonya’
Margot Robbie As Tonya Harding
Robbie, 25, has signed on to star in I, Tonya, which has a script by screenwriter Steven Rogers (Kate & Leopold). Leopold’s rep confirmed Robbie’s casting to Entertainment Weekly. No director is attached to I, Tonya yet, but Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games) and his Clubhouse Pictures will produce along with Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment.
Robbie is apparently taking on the search for finding a director for I, Tonya herself.
I, Tonya promises to tell the story of Harding’s tough childhood growing up in Portland, Ore., through to her efforts to become a major name in American ice skating, and finally, to her fall from grace in the mid 90s.
Harding notably became the first American woman to complete the difficult triple axel jump in major competition. In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and then came in second place in the World Championships. Despite her many accomplishments, Harding is best remembered for the scandal that involved fellow American skater Nancy Kerrigan.
Ahead of the 1994 Olympic Games, Harding’s husband had hired someone to injure Kerrigan to give Harding a better chance at advancing. With Kerrigan out of the running, Harding went on to win the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. By the time the Olympics came around, Kerrigan was back to full health and both women competed for the U.S. Olympic team. Kerrigan ended up placing in 2nd, while Harding came in 8th. Following the Games, the U.S. Figure Skating Association banned Harding for life after conducting its own investigation into the attack on Kerrigan.
Since leaving skating, Harding has competed as a boxer, and served as a commentator on TruTV’s The Smoking Gun Presents: World’s Dumbest…