The Olympic scandal that shocked the world 22 years ago will soon be made into a major motion picture. Margot Robbie has signed on to portray Tonya Harding. She was the American figure skater who won the title at the US national championships in 1991 and was considered to be a major contender for the gold medal at the 1994 Olympics. Her primary competition was thought to be American Nancy Kerrigan. A scandal exploded when Harding’s husband and a couple of other men were arrested for attacking Kerrigan with the intent of injuring her knee to the point where she was no longer able to compete at the Olympics. They were unsuccessful in their task. Kerrigan won the silver medal and Harding finished eighth.
Margot Robbie got her career kick-started a few years ago in “The Wolf of Wall Street” when she played Leo DiCaprio’s wife. She was very interested in playing Harding because she believes it will be a great opportunity to challenge herself as an actress. The project has been in development limbo for over a decade because there are several different parties who claimed ownership of the rights to the story. However, an agreement has been reached between the parties involved in the dispute. Therefore, the film has received a green light. Sebastian Stan has been tapped to play Jeff Gillooly, Harding’s husband. He eventually turned on Harding in court following his arrest on assault charges. Craig Gillespie is set to direct the film that will be released in 2018.