Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding Movie Lands ‘The Finest Hours’ Director
For an entire generation, the Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan scandal is basically like the female equivalent of the O.J. Simpson trial — the source of just as much sensationalism, dissection and endless fascination. Harding has long been portrayed as the villain of the story, as most retellings tend to focus on Kerrigan’s more empathetic perspective and depict Harding in an unkind light. But Margot Robbie is poised to change that with a new biopic on the disgraced figure skater, and she’s found a director to bring her vision to life.
Per Variety, Craig Gillespie has signed on to helm I, Tonya, Robbie’s pet project about the life of former competitive Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. Despite a recent series of films with underwhelming box office returns, Gillespie is a pretty interesting choice. The Finest Hours and Million Dollar Arm were decent dramas that failed to capture audiences, but Gillespie also directed the underrated Fright Night remake (we can debate its merits another time) and the charming Ryan Gosling indie Lars and the Real Girl.
Steven Rogers (Love the Coopers) wrote the screenplay for I, Tonya based on hours of interviews with Harding and her ex-husband / alleged accomplice Jeff Gillooly. Initial reactions to Robbie’s casting were mixed, with some feeling as though the actress lacks Harding’s rougher edges, but it’s exactly the sort of role that would allow Robbie to showcase her versatility and buck convention.
The actress is producing the project, which is said to be similar in tone to Gus Van Sant’s To Die For, the darkly satirical film starring Nicole Kidman as a fame-hungry weather reporter who seduces a trio of high school kids into murdering her husband. I, Tonya doesn’t have a release date or any other cast members just yet, but it’s already one of my most anticipated projects.