March 22, 2016


'Suicide Squad''s Margot Robbie to Play Infamous Figure Skater Tonya Harding

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Australian actress Margot Robbie is only 25, but her Hollywood come-up is pretty far along already. Since starring in 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street, she's worked with Will Smith in Focus and Tina Fey in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Her biggest look yet will come in August when she almost definitely steals the show in DC's Suicide Squad as the Joker-affiliated Harley Quinn.

Now Robbie's booked another at least somewhat villainous role as the lead of I, Tonya. The Tonya in question is Tonya Harding, the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships victor and Figure Skating World Championships runner-up. If you weren't sentient during the massive scandal, the villainy part came in when Harding and her husband hired some goons to break the leg of competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

"Kerrigan wound up winning the silver medal at [the 1994] Olympics, and the completely distracted Harding finished eighth as her life was circling the drain," writes Deadline, which broke the news. "As the ensuing scandal unfolded, the USFSA stripped Harding of her 1994 championship and banned her for life."

Steven Rogers (Stepmom, Kate & Leopold) wrote I, Tonya's script after "extensive interviews" with Harding and her husband. The film will reportedly convey...

"...the absurdity of what happened but also the tragic part of the Harding saga, and trying to come from nothing to prominence in a sport where most of the competitors are the children of wealthy families that can afford all the ice time and trainers needed to get to that high a level."

Robbie will also play producer. The film's director-less so far, "but Robbie is taking it upon herself to find a filmmaker to build this project around herself," Deadline says.