Margot Robbie will play infamous figure skater, Tonya Harding, in a new film about the athlete in her younger years as an embattled athlete.
People reports that “The Suicide Squad” actress will appear as Harding in the movie, “I, Tonya” from writer, Steven Rogers (“Kate and Leopold”).
Entertainment Tonight confirmed the news that Margot Robbie will portray Tonya Harding.
Harding pleaded guilty in March 1994 for conspiring an attack against Olympic rival, Nancy Kerrigan. She was 21-years-old at the time when she aimed to remove Kerrigan from the competition. She almost did, but Kerrigan made it to the ’94 Olympics in Norway that year to win the silver medal.
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Nancy Kerrigan was attacked at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and was a favorite to do well at the ’94 Winter Olympics that year. Harding’s ex-husband and one of her bodyguards hired someone to break Kerrigan’s legs ahead of the competition. Kerrigan sustained a bruised leg and had to withdraw from the championship, which Harding won.
Kerrigan was seen on camera crying as medical staff tended to her injuries.
Following her guilty plea, Tonya Harding was banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.
Since the craziness of those years, Harding was a mainstay in the news for years.
According to TonyaHarding.com, the former ice skater enjoys time alone and reads almost everything written about her, but tries not to take anything too seriously.