Margot Robbie Will Play Disgraced Ice Skater Tonya Harding in Next Movie

Alex Pompliano
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Margot Robbie can’t be stopped. The charming 25-year-old Aussie broke out in 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street and hasn’t slowed down since. This summer alone, Robbie’s starring in two (!) highly anticipated blockbustersSuicide Squad and The Legend of Tarzan.

Now it’s been announced that Robbie will strap on ice skates for her next role as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in I, Tonya. While the title sounds a little too close to that awful 2004 Will Smith sci-fi movie, the story couldn’t be more different.

You probably don’t recall Harding, but she was (apparently) a big deal in the early 90s. Harding started from the bottom as a poor child in Portland and rose up through the ranks to become the one of the world's most popular figure skaters. But then things took a turn for the weird.


Harding was set to battle Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which would determine the final teams for the 1994 Olympics and 1994 World Figure Skating Championships until Kerrigan was attacked after a practice session. It later came to light that Harding’s bodyguard and then-husband Jeff Gillooly had hired someone to break Kerrigan’s leg (they didn’t succeed, her leg was only bruised.) Regardless, Kerrigan pulled out of the national championship event and Harding won. Kerrigan recovered in time to skate at the 1994 Olympics, where she took home a silver medal; Harding finished in eighth place.

Oh, except it was revealed that Harding was actually behind the whole thing. She was stripped of her medal and banned from figure skating for the rest of her life. (Ouch.) And the bizarre cherry on top of this whole craziness happened only months later: Harding and Gillooly let Penthouse release their sex tape.

So it’s no wonder why Harding’s story is slated for the big screen. I, Tonya's screenplay is being written by Steven Rogers, best known for rom-com masterpieces like P.S. I Love You and Kate & Leopold. There’s no director attached yet, but Deadline says that Robbie is responsible for finding a filmmaker to helm the project. Can you smell that Oscar gold, Robbie?!


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