One of the biggest sports scandals of the 90s is about the get the Hollywood treatment, with Margot Robbie attached to play Tonya Harding in a new biopic.
As a skater, Harding soared to international stardom in the late-’80s and early-’90s as a face of the sport, a two-time Olympian, and the first American woman to land a Triple Axel in competition.
Outside the rink, however, she's best known for her ties to the attack on rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, which became a media spectacle and led to Harding’s permanent competitive ban in 1994.
Penned by Stephen Rogers, I, Tonya is based on extensive interviews with Harding and her ex-husband/alleged partner-in-crime Jeff Gillooly. While other details about the film are unclear at the moment, it’s been noted that the script has the potential to yield something à la To Die For.
Let the Kerrigan casting speculation begin.
Rewind to 1994 – Taking out the competition
What do you do when a rising star threatens to steal your figure skating spotlight?
If you’re Tonya Harding, you hope that your ex-husband and bodyguard will conspire (totally without your knowledge, of course) to attack your talented rival and stop her in her tracks. It sounds like an episode of Dynasty but back in 1994 Tonya Harding’s ex-husband really did hire a hitman to sabotage Nancy Kerrigan’s figure skating career.
Even though Tonya Harding still denies prior knowledge of the plot, she did plead guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution, she was stripped of her national title and banned from ever competing in the United States.
What about Nancy? Well, the attack serious enough to stop her competing in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships but she recovered and went on to win the silver 1994 Lillehammer Games.
Fun Fact: Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera is actually a thing. Inspired by actual 1994 Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan media scandal, the musical explores America’s obsession with celebrity scandals and the pressure to “go for the gold at all cost”.