Our first look (albeit an unofficial one) at Margot Robbie as figure skater Tonya Harding.
Since last March, we’ve known that Margot Robbie was going to portray Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in a movie titled I, Tonya. That prompted many to immediately attempt to visualize what the Suicide Squad star might look like as one of the 1990s’ most infamous athletes and cultural figures.
Well, we no longer need to imagine, as set photos of Robbie as Harding have surfaced online. TMZ was among the first sites to post images of Robbie sporting a frizzy blonde wig, 90s-style jeans and a much more substantial physique than we’re accustomed to seeing from the actress.
Take a look for yourself.
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As a point of reference, here is a photo of Harding from the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. To be fair, her frame isn’t as large as what Robbie looks like in the images above. (It would be seemingly impossible to compete in figure skating with the shoulders and arms of a linebacker.) Presumably, that look is for scenes filmed after Harding was in Olympic competition.
TMZ also has video of what appears to be Robbie hard at work on practicing her figure skating technique, something that would arguably be crucial for a convincing portrayal of Harding.
Since the I, Tonya project was announced, Allison Janney (The West Wing) has been added to the cast as Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden. Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Civil War) will portray Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. Surprisingly, no announcement has been made as to who will play Nancy Kerrigan, but maybe that won’t be a key role, other than perhaps the sequence in which she was attacked by Shane Stant at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit with the intention of breaking her leg and taking her out of competition at the Lillehammer Games.
Harding finished first at the U.S. Championships, but went on to place eighth at the Winter Olympics. Kerrigan won a Silver Medal.
Written by Stephen Rogers, the script for I, Tonya is largely based on interviews with Harding and Gillooly. (The screenplay was also part of Hollywood’s which compiles studio executives’ favorite as-yet-unproduced scripts.) The movie will be directed by Craig Gillespie, who was behind the camera for 2011’s Million Dollar Arm.