Margot Robbie is taking her acting talents to the ice rink.
The 25-year-oldSuicide Squad star
will play figure skater Tonya Harding in a new biopic titled, I, Tonya
reports. Robbie is also producing the film and is reportedly heavily involved in finding a director for the project.
The film will follow Harding’s life and her involvement in one of the biggest scandals in the history of American sports. Harding became the first American woman to land a triple axel during a major ice skating event and eventually went on to win one of the women’s titles at the 1991 U.S. figure skating championships and also came in second place at the World Championships that same year. Following her success, she was offered a spot to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Harding’s career would soon come to an end after she conspired with her ex-husband and her bodyguard to break fellow American skater Nancy Kerrigan’s legs ahead of the competition. Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee but recovered seven weeks later -- in time to compete in the Olympics. She took home the silver medal while Harding finished in eighth place and later pled guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution in the attack. She was banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life. The incident is still known as “The Whack Heard Round the World.”
Steven Rogers, best known for writing Kate & Leopold and Hope Floats, has been signed to write the film his rep confirmed to ET, while Bryan Unkeless and Clubhouse Pictures will join Robbie in producing it.