- The first trailer for the biopic “I, Tonya” shows Margot Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding.
- Harding infamously masterminded an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.
- Robbie’s portrayal of Harding is ruthless, remorseless, and surprisingly funny.
- “I, Tonya” hits New York City and Los Angeles theatres on December 8.
The first trailer for the biopic “I, Tonya” gives audiences their first look at Margot Robbie as the infamous figure skater Tonya Harding.
The trailer opens with Robbie saying, “America: They want someone to love, but they want someone to hate.”
This sentiment carries throughout the entirety of the trailer, as Robbie embodies both the best and the worst of Harding — walking past crowds of adoring fans, landing a triple axel, and whacking someone with a baseball bat.
“I, Tonya” is based on the figure skater’s life, and the events that led up to one of the most scandalous moments in sports history: When Harding masterminded an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan.
Harding colluded with her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, to have Kerrigan’s knee smashed so that she would be unable to compete in the 1994 US Figure Skating Championship, insuring that Harding would win, and securing her spot on the 1994 Winter Olympic US figure skating team.
Harding did win the championship and landed a spot on the Olympic figure skating team that year, as did Kerrigan.
Eventually it was revealed that Harding and Gillooly had planned the attack on Kerrigan. Harding initially denied her role in the attack, but eventually admitted that she was aware of it, and as a result was banned for life from the United States Figure Skating Association.
“The haters always say, Tonya tell the truth,” Robbie says in the trailer. “There’s no such thing as truth, I mean it’s bulls–t.”
Robbie’s Harding offers up a fresh take on the the disgraced figure skater, delivering a portrayal that is both ruthless, remorseless, dark, and surprisingly funny.
“I, Tonya” hits New York City and Los Angeles theatres on December 8.
You can watch the trailer for “I, Tonya” here:
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