Skater Tonya Harding Portrayed by Margot Robbie in Dark Comedy | See the Trailer Here

In ‘I, Tonya’, Margot Robbie portrays Tonya Harding in Dark Biopic

Fans get a first look at Margot Robbie’s portrayal of disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding in an upcoming film.

Margot Robbie plays Tonya Harding

Margot Robbie portrays Tonya Harding in a dark comedy biopic. | Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP/Getty Images

In the teaser of I, Tonya, Robbie’s voiceover is described as “an eery imitation of Harding’s voice.” See for yourself:

Also seen in the trailer is actress Allison Janney playing Harding’s mother LaVona, and Sebastian Stan. And the story wouldn’t be complete with Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, seen in the teaser as played by a mustached Sebastian Stan.

The film shows Harding’s story from the 1994 Winter Olympics, showing Gillooly trying to sabotage skater Nancy Kerrigan. According to the story, Gillooly hired assailant Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s leg and render her unable to compete in the Olympics in Lillehammer. After being struck by Stant’s baton, Kerrigan’s leg wasn’t broken – just badly bruised. She went on to compete in Lillehammer and won the silver medal, with Harding finishing in a distant 8th place.

Gillooly, Stant, and others served time in prison for the attack. Harding avoided jail time by pleading guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution of the attackers. She received probation, community service, and a $160,000 fine. She was also banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.

Figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan

Figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan avoid each other during a training session during the 1994 Winter Olympics. | Vincent Amalvy/AFP/Getty Images

I, Tonya opens in New York City and Los Angeles on Dec. 8 (a timely release, given the 2018 Winter Olympics take place in February). The movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September and has received positive reviews. “The film has been gaining traction on the festival circuit and is poised to be an awards season favorite,” wrote Deadline.

In related news, People reported Harding, 46, is getting in shape in anticipating of being in the public eye again, thanks to the film. “Tonya is getting ready to be seen again,” a friend of the former skater said, as quoted in the article. “She’s eating well and has lost some weight. She’s getting in shape and is even skating again. She’s really excited about this.”