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Margot Robbie to play Tonya Harding in upcoming biopic I, Tonya

Aussie beauty, Margot Robbie has just been cast to play disgraced Olympian, Tonya Harding in the highly-anticipated film, I, Tonya.

By Katie Skelly
Margot Robbie Tonya Harding

The Suicide Squad actress is preparing to lace up her ice skates in preparation for perhaps her biggest role yet.

The casting announcement came today that 25-year-old Margot Robbie has signed on to play one of the most vilified sports figures in history, Tonya Harding, in the biopic I, Tonya.

In Tonya’s heyday, the then 21-year-old Olympian was at the very peak of her ice-skating career. As the favourite going into the 1994 winter Olympics, it seemed as if nothing could go wrong for the Oregon-born figure skater.

Tonya was known as the first U.S. figure skater to pull off a triple axel jump in competition.
Tonya was known as the first U.S. figure skater to pull off a triple axel jump in competition.

But one month before the games, fellow American skater and Tonya’s closest competitor, Nancy Kerrigan was suspiciously attacked by thugs hired by Tonya’s then-husband, Jeff Gillooly, to break her leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.

The attack led to no broken bones, but the severe bruising caused her to withdraw from the competition.

Tonya went on to win first place.

Nancy's pained "Why me?" after getting struck became one of the sports most unforgettable moments.
Nancy's pained "Why me?" after getting struck became one of the sports most unforgettable moments.

Six weeks later, with a strong knee and even stronger drive, Nancy took out the silver medal at the 1994 winter Olympics.

Distracted by the relentless media attention from the ongoing scandal, Tonya finished off the blocks in eighth place.

As the case unfolded throughout the year, the USFSA (United States Figure Skating Association) stripped the vilified sportsperson of her championship title, and awarded her a life ban after she plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack.

Since the famed career-ending moment, Tonya swapped the rink, for the ring, and began a brief career in women’s boxing.
Since the famed career-ending moment, Tonya swapped the rink, for the ring, and began a brief career in women’s boxing.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the biopic will be written by Steven Rogers, the screenwriter of tearjerker P.S. I Love You and the Julia Roberts film, Stepmom.

There’s no word yet on Margot’s co-stars or I, Tonya’s director, but one thing’s for sure – it’s going to be juicy.

The scandalous role will come as a change for the Aussie, who up until now has had the most Hollywood success playing the beautiful leading lady in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Focus.

Oh, and Neighbours of course.

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