Margot Robbie could have one hell of a role here.
The Aussie actress has signed on to play Tonya Harding, the once-champion figure skater who fell from grace when it was found she was connected to an attack on a fellow Olympic competitor.
The project, titled I, Tonya, comes with a screenplay by Steven Rogers, whose credits include Stepmom, Kate & Leopold, and P.S. I Love You.
It’s one hell of fascinating true story. Harding hit second place in the World Championships and topped the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in ’91. Her career came crashing down when her husband, Jeff Gillooly, and a couple of other men tried breaking the leg of Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow figure skater that was expected to battle Harding for gold. They ended up only bruising Kerrigan and were soon caught. Kerrigan ended up competing regardless, winning silver. Harding came in eighth place, was stripped of her championship and was banned from competing in figure skating for the rest of her life.
Bryan Unkeless, co-producer on the The Hunger Games franchise, is producing I, Tonya alongside his Clubhouse Pictures banner.
Robbie, who is also attached as producer, is said to be leading the search for a director. The project is intended to be a vehicle for Robbie’s talents, so this could certainly be one to keep an eye on.
The actress has been on the up and up since her eye-catching role in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Next up she’ll be seen playing Harley Quinn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.