By Nicole Caico
Margot Robbie is gearing up to star in the upcoming film, “I, Tonya“ as Tonya Harding, the disgraced figure skater. Robbie is also co-producing the film with Brian Unkeless from Clubhouse Pictures. There is currently no director signed onto the project, and the picture is currently looking for financiers.
Tonya Harding grew up in Portland, Oregon and had a difficult childhood. However this helped her harness a determination that would lead her to become the first American woman to land a triple axel jump in competition. In 1991 she finished first place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, then second in the World Championships, and she was expected to battle fierce competitor Nancy Kerrigan for the gold medal in the 1994 Olympics.
In an attempt to tip the scales in her direction, Harding’s then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and men hired by him attacked Kerrigan and broke her leg. She recovered in time to compete and earned a silver medal, while Harding finished 8th. Harding later admitted to having knowledge of the attack, was stripped of her U.S. Championship gold, and was permanently ban from competition. Her husband was put in jail.
Robbie’s breakout role in “The Wolf of Wall Street” has shown her talent, and expectations for her upcoming films “Suicide Squad” and “The Legend of Tarzan“ are high.
There is no projected release date for “I, Tonya.”