Margot Robbie to play Tonya Harding in ‘I, Tonya,’ reports say
Margot Robbie will play two-time U.S. Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in a scripted biopic “I, Tonya,” according to multiple reports.
The Australian Robbie, 25, is perhaps best known for co-starring in “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013.
Harding, now 45, is best known for the events of 1994.
On Jan. 6, 1994, Olympic teammate Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg by a hitman hired by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, in Detroit, where she was preparing for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Kerrigan’s bruised right knee kept her from competing, but she recovered in time for the Lillehammer 1994 Olympics. Tonya Harding won the U.S. Championship in her absence, so both went to the Olympics.
Tonya and Nancy became a media soap opera in Lillehammer with Super Bowl-like TV ratings. Kerrigan won silver, just behind Ukrainian Oksana Baiul. Harding broke a skate lace in her long program, reskated and finished eighth.