Margot Robbie to Star as Ice Skater Tonya Harding in New Biopic
Margot Robbie is tackling a new though familiar villain in an upcoming movie, and this one is very much based in reality. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Suicide Squad actress has signed on to play the role of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding in the movie, I, Tonya.
Harding, who is now 45, gained international attention in January of 1994 for orchestrating a violent attack on fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan at theU.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Harding's ex-husband and one of her bodyguards hired men to break Kerrigan's leg ahead of the competition. The assault resulted in a bruised leg which forced Kerrigan to withdraw from the event, which Harding won. Both women went on to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where a freshly healed Kerrigan took home a silver medal. Harding pleaded guilty to the attached charges and was banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.
Although the project is reportedly still without a director, the film will feature a script from writer Steven Rogers and will be produced by Bryan Unkeless (of The Hunger Games fame) along with Robbie's production company, LuckyChap Entertainment.