By Creative Media Times
The first teaser for the biopic “I, Tonya” has been release, giving audiences their first look at Margo Robbie playing disgraced two-time Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.
“America, they want someone to love, but they want someone to hate,” says Margot’s character. “And the haters always say ‘Tonya, tell the truth.’ There’s no such thing as truth. I mean it’s bullshit.”
The film is based on the sensational story of Tonya Harding and husband Jeff Gilooly (Sebastian Stan), who in 1994 orchestrated an attack against Harding’s competitor Nancy Kerrigan and break her right leg in order to prevent her from competing at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Though her leg was not broken, it was soon found out that Gilloly, along with bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt (Paul Walter Hauser) hired an assailant, though Gilloly shifted blame to Harding.
I, Tonya recently had a surprisingly play at Toronto International Film Festival in September, where it won second runner up for People’s Choice Award, and successfully starts the awards season with Gotham Awards nominations for the film and star Margot Robbie.
Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) and written by Steven Rogers (Stepmom), the film also stars Allison Janney, Paul Walter Hauser, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Carver, Bojana Novakovic and Bobby Cannavale.
‘I, Tonya’ is set for release on December 8, 2017.
Here is the film’s official synopsis:
Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie’s I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding’s life and career in all of its unchecked––and checkered––glory.