Margot Robbie set to play figure skater Tonya Harding in 'I, Tonya' film

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

Margot Robbie to Star as Figure Skater Tonya Harding in an Upcoming Biopic



A story about Tonya Harding's roller-coaster career is hurtling toward the big screen, with Margot Robbie attached to star as the dishonored figure skater. Deadline reports the actress is pushing for the Steven Rogers-penned project, titled I, Tonya, by trying to find a director. As a skater, Harding soared to international stardom in the late-'80s and early-'90s as a face of the sport, a two-time Olympian, and the first American woman to land a Triple Axel in competition. Outside the rink, however, she's best known for her ties to the Nancy Kerrigan drama, which became a media spectacle and eventually led to her permanent competitive ban. Rogers reportedly wrote the project based off extensive interviews he did with Harding and her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (so it's not related to last year's musical). Other details about the film are unclear at the moment, but Deadline notes the script has the potential to look like another To Die For. Let the Kerrigan casting speculation begin.

More on the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan story:

29 PHOTOS
Nancy Kerrigan Tonya Harding drama 20 years later
See Gallery
Margot Robbie set to play figure skater Tonya Harding in 'I, Tonya' film
Former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan speaks after a screening of a new documentary about the 1994 attack on her which will air the day of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Kerrigan has been reluctant to talk about rival Tonya Harding?s ex-husband hiring a hit squad to take her out before the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. She finally relented for a show that marks the 20-year anniversary of the incident, which thrust figure skating into the spotlight and spawned an international media frenzy. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A screen shot of Tonya Harding from a promo for NBC's 'Nancy & Tonya' airing on Sunday, February 23, 2014.
Former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, right, stands next to NBC figure skating analyst Mary Carillo, as she speaks after a screening of a new documentary about the 1994 attack on her which will air the day of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Former Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan takes a question from the media after a screening of a new documentary about the 1994 attack on her which will air the day of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Kerrigan has been reluctant to talk about rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband hiring a hit squad to take her out before the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer. She finally relented for a show that marks the 20-year anniversary of the incident, which thrust figure skating into the spotlight and spawned an international media frenzy. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
17 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN AND TONYA HARDING OF THE UNITED STATES PASS EACH OTHER WITHOUT NOTICE DURING A PRACTICE SESSI0N AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Pascal Rondeau/ALLSPORT
The U.S. Skating Team, women's singles, shown at the 1992 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Orlando, Fla. From left, Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and Kristi Yamaguchi. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
U. S. figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan pose Jan. 9, 1994 during U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Joe Louis arena in Detroit, Mich. After four years of keeping their distance, figure skating rivals Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding could appear together on a television show celebrating the "Ladies of Lillehammer.'' (AP Photo/Merline Summers)
JAN 1991: Left to right: Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan on the podium during the 1991 US Figure Skating Championships (Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT).
US figure skaters Tonya Harding (L) and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session 17 February in Hamar, Norway, during the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan was hit on the knee in January 1994 during the US Olympic Trials and it was later learned that Harding's ex-husband and bodyguard masterminded the attack in hopes of improving Harding's chances at the US Trials and the Olympics. (VINCENT AMALVY/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, flanked by her mother Barbara (L) and other family members, describes how she has been watching with binoculars the encamped press outside her parents Stoneham home in Boston, MA, 14 January 1994. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack on Kerrigan which kept her from competing at the National Championship. (JOHN MOTTERN/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, joined by her family and agent, answers questions from the press outside her parents Stoneham, Massachusetts home 14 January 1994. Three men were arrested in connection with the attack on Kerrigan which kept her from competing at the National Championship. (CHRIS CHRISTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Shawn Eric Eckardt (L), bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, and fellow defendent Derrick Smith (R) are joined by Smith's attorney Robert Goffredi 14 January 1994 as they face Judge Donald Londer during their arraignment on charges of conspiracy to commit assault in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. The two men were charged for the 06 January 1994 attack on Kerrigan. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Shawn Eric Eckardt, bodyguard of figure skater Tonya Harding, walks handcuffed into jail after being arrested and charged with conspiracy in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. Eckardt was charged for the 06 January 1994 in the attack that left Kerrigan unable to compete in the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Derrick Brian Smith (R) of Phoenix, Arizona is taken by an unidentified police officer into jail in Portland, OR, 13 January 1994 after being arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit assault in the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan. Smith was charged in the 06 January attack that left Kerrigan unable to compete in the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. (CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
25 FEB 1994: NANCY KERRIGAN OF THE UNITED STATES IN ACTION IN THE FREE PROGRAM AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. KERRIGAN TAKES THE SILVER. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT
Tonya Harding pumps her fists as she finishes her gold medal winning program at the women's championship 08 January 1994 at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, who did not compete because she was wounded in an attack by an unknown assailant 06 January, will represent the U.S. at the 1994 Winter Olympics. (Photo credit should read CHRIS WILKINS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan stretches her injured knee during a workout at her hometown arena 17 January 1994. During this first public appearance on the ice after being attacked at the National Skating Championships, Kerrigan executed circles, spins, small hops and a half-axel. (POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (R) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session early 18 January 1994 in Portland, Oregon. Federal and local investigators are trying to determine if Tonya Harding's money, some of it from Olympic sources, paid for the attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. (POOL/AFP/Getty Images)
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan (R) signs an autograph for a young fan 08 January 1994 after the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan was named to the 1994 U.S. Olympic team despite having to drop out of the championships due to an injury caused in an attack by an unknown assailant 06 January 1994. (MICHAEL SAMOJEDEN/AFP/Getty Images)
28 Feb 1994: Tonya Harding of the USA during her routinue at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She took eighth place. (Chris Cole/Allsport)
Nancy Kerrigan performs during the P&G Wal-Mart "Tribute to American Legends of the Ice" at Izod Center on December 11, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Tonya Harding is pictured during a boxing exhibition during the second period intermission at the Colorado Eagles versus Indianapolis Ice hockey game at the Pepsi Coliseum on March 12, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Nancy Kerrigan is inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame during the State Farm US Figure Skating Championships January 9, 2004 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan attends the 14th Annual BNP Paribas Taste Of Tennis at W New York Hotel on August 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for BNP Paribas)
Tonya Harding poses for a picture with two fans after a boxing exhibition during the second period intermission at the Colorado Eagles versus Indianapolis Ice hockey game at the Pepsi Coliseum on March 12, 2004 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since her ice skating days she's become involved in boxing. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan stands at a news conference in Boston, Jan. 14, 1994, as her agent Jerry Solomon, left, looks on. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Nancy Kerrigan of Stoneham, MA, speaks during a news conference Friday, January 7, 1994 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, as she describes how she was attacked by an unknown assailant Thursday, January 6, 1994 after a practice session at the US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit. Kerrigan, who withdrew from competition Friday, will be unable to defend her US Nationals title due to her injuries. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
Nancy Kerrigan, of Stoneham, Mass., speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Mich., on Friday, Jan. 7, 1994. Kerrigan was clubbed on her right knee with a metal baton after a practice session at Cobo Arena on Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION

Read Full Story

People are Reading