Craig Gillespie joins the production team of I, Tonya. The Lars and the Real Girl and Fright Night director will direct the planned Tonya Harding biopic, which will feature Margot Robbie in the lead role.
In addition to starring in the film, Robbie will help produce it through her company LuckyChap Entertainment with Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. While production is still in the early stages of development and it will be sometime before audiences finally see Robbie portray Harding on the big screen, viewers will soon see her playing a very different role in Warner Bros‘. Suicide Squad, where she plays DC fan favorite Harley Quinn:
The Tonya Harding biopic’s script originated as a spec by Steven Rogers, the scribe behind big screen fare like Kate & Leopold and Love the Coopers. Rogers’ script is based on firsthand interviews with the real Tonya Harding and her former husband turned partner in crime Jeff Gillooly.
The Tonya Harding biopic aims to shine a light on the infamous 1994 incident wherein the Olympic figure skater was connected to an attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. Kerrigan was attacked by a hired thug following a practice session in Detroit. Although the intent was to break Kerrigan’s leg, the skater was only bruised and went on to significantly outperform Harding in the Olympics. Following the event, Harding was prosecuted for the attack alongside Gillooly and several additional parties.
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