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Remaining in the realm of real-life drama, Craig Gillespie has agreed terms to helm I, Tonya, an upcoming sports biopic that places Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie in the role of disgraced figure skater, Tonya Harding.
Gillespie, who dazzled audiences with gripping spectacle earlier this year through The Finest Hours, will work from a script penned by Steven Rogers, chronicling Harding’s meteoric rise to becoming one of the hottest stars on the ice. At her peak, Harding achieved what many believed to be impossible: complete the triple axel in major competitions in the early ’90s. She was the first American woman to do so, too, and her dramatic rise to prominence is matched only by her staggering fall from grace.
You see, three years after taking the sport by storm, Tonya Harding was found guilty of a malicious ploy to sabotage the career of arch-rival Nancy Kerrigan. Ordering a group of thugs to viciously attack Kerrigan along with her husband Jeff Gillooly – and essentially send her dream of an Olympic medal up in smokes – Harding’s jealously reared its ugly face in 1994. But karma had the final say, given Kerrigan went on to outperform her scheming rival at the main event having only sustained a bruised knee during said attack.
It’s a scandal that’s almost stranger than fiction, and ought to make for compelling drama on the big screen. Margot Robbie is attached to star and produce the Tonya Harding biopic, with support from Bryan Unkeless on behalf of Clubhouse Pictures.
- Michael Briers
Variety reports that director Craig Gillespie has signed on to direct actress Margot Robbie in the upcoming biopic, "I, Tonya", based on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. Clubhouse Pictures' Bryan Unkeless is producing along with Robbie through her banner, LuckyChap Entertainment. Screenwriter Steven Rogers is writing the script and is also on board as a producer. Gillespie's film credits include "Lars And The Real Girl", "Fright Night", "Million Dollar Arm", and this year's "The Finest Hours."
The premise for the film reads:
"Harding rose as one of the world’s top figure skaters after she became the first woman to complete the triple axel move in major competitions, eventually leading her to victory in the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s stay at the top would not last long, however, as jealously led her to conspire to have her main competition, Nancy Kerrigan, injured prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics."
Robbie will next be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Legend Of Tarzan", starring Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz. In August, Robbie will play the villainess Harley Quinn in director David Ayer's "Suicide Squad", starring Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis.
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- J.B. Casas
Variety reports that the film will focus on Harding, ‘one of the world’s top figure skaters who became the first woman to complete the triple axel move in major competitions, eventually leading her to victory in the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s stay at the top would not last long, however, as jealously led her to conspire to have her main competition, Nancy Kerrigan, injured prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics.’
Steven Rogers is writing the screenplay for the film.
Margot Robbie will next be seen in The Legend Of Tarzan and then Warner Bros. and DC’s Suicide Squad in August. She has also just joined the cast of Goodbye Christopher Robin playing the wife of A.A. Milne.
No word on when I, Tonya will head into production, but we’ll assume that Robbie will tackle the A.A. Milne biopic first.
More as we get it.
- Paul Heath
- Chris Cabin
Steven Rogers is penning the script and Margot Robbie is attached to play Harding. She was one of the world's top figure skaters who, due to jealously, conspired to have her main rival Nancy Kerrigan injured prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Kerrigan would go on to compete at the Olympics, winning the silver medal while Harding ended up in eighth place. Robbie, Rogers and Bryan Unkeless will produce.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
The film is being produced by Bryan Unkeless and his Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie is also involved in producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. Steven Rogers is penning the script and is also producing.
Harding rose as one of the world’s top figure skaters after she became the first woman to complete the triple axel move in major competitions, eventually leading her to victory in the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding’s stay at the top would not last long, however, as jealously led her to conspire to have her main competition, Nancy Kerrigan, injured prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics.
During a practice round at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Harding’s husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a group of thugs attacked Kerrigan after her training session, attempting to break her leg. The plan failed, as the men were arrested and Kerrigan only sustained a bruised knee. During Gillooly’s interrogation, he explained how it was his wife’s idea all along.
Kerrigan would go on to compete at the Olympics, winning the silver medal while Harding ended up in eighth place. Following the Olympics, Harding would admit to the conspiracy and, while she never served any jail time, the Usfsa stripped Harding of her 1994 championship title and banned her for life.
The story has never been turned into a movie, but in a recent “30 for 30” piece for Espn, Harding told her side of the story and spurred an interest in the subject. With Robbie and Gillespie now attached to the spec, plenty of suitors are sure to head for the project in the coming weeks.
UTA and CAA are repping the film.
Though Robbie is set to star in two of the summer’s biggest tentpoles — “Legend of Tarzan” and “Suicide Squad” — she has begun to choose roles that are less blockbuster-based. Besides “I, Tonya,” Robbie is also set to star in the Fox Searchlight biopic “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” where she will play the wife of author A.A. Milne, who created “Winnie the Pooh.”
He is repped by UTA and Management 360.
- Justin Kroll
Remember this class act, America?
This is Jeff Gillooly. You may remember him from the 90’s. He “masterminded” the hit on Nancy Kerrigan’s knee on the eve of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994, to prevent Kerrigan from skating and making the U.S. Olympic Team, for the benefit of his ex-wife, Tonya Harding.
What does this have to do with the Hugo Awards? Well, it should be obvious. Theodore Beale, by slating again with his Rabid Puppies, has decided to kneecap the 2016 Hugo Awards… and just to add to the fun, this time he’s trying to create poison pills by nominating famous authors in some categories, so he can take the credit if they win, and cry persecution if they are rejected with the rest of his slate.
John Scalzi, talking about the Hugo mess on his blog, takes the position:
…I see some people here »
- Glenn Hauman
Kieran, here. It was announced earlier this week that Margot Robbie would be playing figure skater turned tabloid fodder Tonya Harding in a biopic titled I, Tonya. On a personal note, I distinctly remember my mother voicing her distaste about Harding being on the cover of nearly a dozen tabloid magazines in my pediatrician’s office when I was a kid. It was everywhere and given how ubiquitous the story became, it’s kind of surprising that it’s taken this long for it to get the cinematic treatment. Well…the earnest, theatrical cinematic treatment. There was a hastily assembled television movie which aired in April of 1994 (the Harding scandal was at the 1994 Winter Olympics). It features Heather Langenkamp (yes, Nancy from A Nightmare on Elm Street) as Nancy Kerrigan, just in case you were wondering.
A director has yet to be attached to the project or even named to be in consideration, »
- Kieran Scarlett
The crazy tale of the 1994 rivalry between figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan looks to be getting the big screen treatment. Deadline is reporting that Margot Robbie has signed on to play Harding in the film I, Tonya. The movie will follow the champion skater’s up and downs and, of course, the infamous moment in which her husband Jeff Gillooly hired goons to break Kerrigan’s leg at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan only suffered bruises as a result of the beating and was able to compete at the Lillehammer Olympics, winning a silver medal. Harding, on the other hand, came in eighth at the Olympics. In the months that followed, Harding would plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution and was banned for life from U.S. Figure Skating Association. She would also receive probation, community serve and a hefty fine. Gillooly and the other »
- David Eckstein
Margot Robbie is playing antiheroine Harley Quinn in this summer's "Suicide Squad," and her next project centers around an equally complicated figure: She's reportedly attached to star in a biopic about disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding.
According to Deadline, Robbie snagged the lead in in "I, Tonya," a flick about Harding's rise to fame in the world of figure skating in the late '80s and early '90s, and her subsequent fall from grace after the Nancy Kerrigan scandal. Harding became a superstar thanks to her feisty spirit and undeniable talent, and was the first female ice skater to land a triple axle in competition. She was expected to challenge fellow U.S. star Kerrigan for the gold medal at the 1994 Olympics, but at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships earlier that year, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee by an unknown assailant.
It was soon discovered that Harding's ex-husband, »
- Katie Roberts
It’s been five years since we got Dee Rees‘ remarkable debut Pariah and while she followed it up with the HBO movie Bessie, we’ve been waiting to see her get back to theatrical features. We won’t have to wait long either, as she’s set to direct Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell in the World War II drama Mudbound. Variety reports that the film, adapted by Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel, “revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.”
After breaking out with her portrayal of Nadine Macaluso in The Wolf of Wall Street (named Naomi Lapaglia in the film), Margot Robbie will get another chance to bring a real-life story to screens. According to Deadline, she »
- Leonard Pearce
Deadline has revealed that Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street) is in talks to portray Tonya Harding in a new film called I, Tonya, which will chart the ice-skater’s rise to fame and fall into disgrace.
The film, written by Steven Rogers (Christmas With The Coopers), tells the unthinkable story of Harding’s career in ice skating, where she rose to prominence in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s after her checkered upbringing and rough childhood in Oregon. By 1991, she had risen to the very top of the figure ice skating charts and she became the first American female to do a triple axel in some major tournaments. In 1991, she finished in 2nd at the World Championships, and won the Us Champion crown.
Then in 1994, her career imploded when her husband and some hired thugs tried to break the leg of competitor skater Nancy Kerrigan. They »
- Scott J. Davis
It was only three years ago that Australian actress Margot Robbie broke onto the scene.
She made a small appearance in Richard Curtis' romantic, sci-fi comedy About Time, and then nearly stole the show from Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. We're already obsessed with her soon to be seen performance as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, and now Margot has another high profile role to add to her resume, as the controversial former figure skating champion, Tonya Harding.
It has just been announced that Margot will be playing Harding, a disgraced American ice skater who infamously hired someone to break her competitor Nancy Kerrigan's leg, so that she would not be able to compete.
- Adriana Floridia
While many believed the role of disgraced Ice Skater Tonya Harding should have gone to Amy Adams, it is Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie who will bring this eternally fascinating story of the befallen sports star to the big screen in I, Tonya. Steven Rogers is penning the screenplay for this sports biopic, which will recount the woman's rise and fall. Bryan Unkeless and his Clubhouse Pictures will produce. Margot Robbie is also expected to serve as a producer through her LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
Tonya Harding grew up in Portland, Oregon, surviving a rough childhood that would eventually see her becoming one of the world's top figure skaters. She was the first woman to ever complete the triple axel in a major competition. In 1991, she won the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and came in second in the World Championships. She was supposed to go up against Nancy Kerrigan in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Games. »
A few years back, as part of their excellent, ongoing documentary series "30 For 30," Espn unveiled "The Price of Gold," a look at the scandal that made headlines around the world when in 1994, when figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and injured by her rival Tonya Harding. It was a story that had it all — sports, jealousy, high stakes intrigue — but as the documentary by Nanette Burnstein ("Going The Distance," "American Teen") revealed, there was even more going on beneath the surface. Now, the tale will be dramatized in "I, Tonya" with a rather interesting choice for the lead. Deadline reports that Margot Robbie will take the role of Tonya Harding in the picture. Screenwriter Steve Rogers interviewed Harding and her husband Jeff Gillooly as he put together his script, getting the perspective of an athlete who was well outside the wealthy world that Olympians are often part of. However, Harding was also. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding will act as the center piece of a new project from writer-producer Steven Rogers (Kate & Leopold, Love the Coopers), and Deadline brings word that the budding feature has narrowed in on its leading lady.
Entitled I, Tonya, it is Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie who has emerged as an early frontrunner to hit the ice as Harding, telling the true-life story of the athlete’s dramatic rise and equally dramatic fall from grace. Hailed as an ice princess who broke onto the scene from a troubled background, the shunned sportswoman made history after becoming the first American woman to complete the triple axel in major competitions in the early ’90s.
Only three years later, Harding become embroiled in a figure skating scandal after it emerged that, during the build-up to the Olympic events, Harding ordered a thug to viciously attack skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. »
- Michael Briers
Margot Robbie will follow up her villainous turn in Suicide Squad by playing another famous baddie. She’s just attached herself to I, Tonya, a biopic about American ice skater Tonya Harding. Though a gifted athlete, Harding really shot to lasting infamy when she hired someone to incapacitate fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating […]
- Angie Han
Australian actor will also produce film about Harding’s 1994 battle with rival Nancy Kerrigan, which attracted some of the highest Us TV viewing figures in Winter Olympics history
The Wolf of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie looks set to play the disgraced American figure skater Tonya Harding in a drama about the incident in which Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked with an iron bar at a competition prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics, according to Deadline.
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- Ben Child
Margot Robbie could be lacing up her skates to play Olympian figure skater and tabloid star Tonya Harding. The Suicide Squad star is attached to a feature called I, Tonya, being developed by Bryan Unkeless and his Clubhouse Pictures, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Robbie would also have a producing role through her LuckyChap Entertainment. Steven Rogers is writing the screenplay about the blue-collar Harding, who was pitted against the more elegant Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where Kerrigan was attacked by a man who struck her a few inches above the knee. While both
- Gregg Kilday
Margot Robbie will be lacing up her skates to play one of the most vilified sports figures in history. The Suicide Squad star has signed on to portray figure skater Tonya Harding in the upcoming film I, Tonya, Entertainment Weekly confirms. At age 21, Harding rose to fame from a hardscrabble blue-collar background in Oregon to become the favorite going into the 1994 Winter Olympics after winning the Figure Skating Championships and silver at the World Championships. But perhaps what Harding, now 45, is most known for is also her career-ending moment. In Detroit in January 1994, one month before the Games, fellow American »
- Karen Mizoguchi
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