If you don’t know who Tonya Harding is, it’s okay, because neither did Margot Robbie when she first read the script for the upcoming biopic I, Tonya. “I thought it was entirely fictionalized, and our writer Steve [Rodgers] was so creative to come up with the quirky characters and absurd incidents,” she told Vanity Fair.
Here’s a brief explainer for those who align with Robbie (aka are likely in their 20s and, as such, were too young to take note of the events): Harding was an American figure skater and 1994 Winter Olympic hopeful. Nancy Kerrigan was Harding’s teammate and biggest competition. A few weeks before the Olympics, Kerrigan was attacked by assailant Shane Stant, who was hired by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly.
In March, Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder the prosecution of the attackers. She received three years probation, had to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championship, and was banned for life from participating in the United States Figure Skating Association. It was a dark time in sports, and now it’s being recreated for the big screen.
Robbie—who we have to assume has read up on the scandal since—will play the disgraced Harding. The casting was questioned by some, but it’s clear from the teaser that she’s able to muster up the same sinister qualities she evoked so perfectly in Suicide Squad for the, erm, icy role. "The haters always say, 'Tonya, tell the truth,'" Robbie says in the teaser. "There's no such thing as truth—I mean, it's bullshit!"
Watch the actress in action, above.