When you think of Tonya Harding’s face, you immediately think of Margot Robbie’s face, so it makes complete sense that she’s playing Nancy Kerrigan’s one-time arch rival in a movie. And by “makes complete sense” I mean doesn’t make sense.
Margot Robbie obviously opened up Charlize Theron’s handbook “How To Easily Win An Oscar When You’re A Gorgeous Woman” to the first and only page and took its advice when she read, “Step 1: Homely it up, bitch. The end.” Because Deadline says that 25-year-old Margot Robbie will produce and star in a movie about the trials and tribulations of Tonya Harding. Oscar fever is real and Margot probably caught it from Leonardo DiCatchAHo, which means that we shouldn’t be too surprised when Deadline announces that the bear from The Revenant is starring in a dark and serious biopic about the life of Smokey the Bear.
If you’re a young trick whose head fills with question marks when you read the name “Tonya Harding,” then your country’s education system has let you down. Tonya was part of one of the messiest figure skating scandals that turned the 1994 Olympics into a damn soap opera. Before January 1994, Tonya Harding was a championship figure skater who was the first woman to land a triple axle jump in competition. But when some goon tried to break Nancy Kerrigan’s leg and everyone found out that Tonya’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard were behind the attack, her career and life slipped into the gutter. Tonya placed 8th at the 1994 Olympics and she later pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of Nancy’s attackers. U.S. Figure Skating put a life ban on Tonya. To make some cash, Tonya and Jeff sold a sex tape to Penthouse for $200,000 and she tried to be a boxer for minute.
The script for I, Tonya was written by Steven Rogers who talked to both Tonya and Jeff before writing it. There’s no director attached right now. Deadline seems to think that I, Tonya may go the black comedy route like To Die For.
Rogers wrote his script after doing extensive interviews with both Harding and Gillooly, capturing the absurdity of what happened but also the tragic part of the Harding saga, and trying to come from nothing to prominence in a sport where most of the competitors are the children of wealthy families that can afford all the ice time and trainers needed to get to that high a level.
The world has already been gifted with the masterpiece TV movie-of-the-week Tony & Nancy: The Inside Story starring Heather Langenkamp as Nancy, but there can never be too many movies about this. I don’t really see Margot as Tonya, but I’ll take it and I won’t scream “Why????” about it just yet.
As for who should be cast as Nancy (aka the mean girl in the body of America’s sweetheart), like we need to ask:
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