Captain America: Civil War star Sebastian Stan is set to join Margot Robbie in her upcoming Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya. The Finest Hours and Million Dollar Arm director Craig Gillespie is set to helm the drama, which will recall Harding’s infamous 1994 attack on her figure skating competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Robbie is on board to play Harding and Deadline reports that Stan will take on the role of Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, who helped plot the attack on Kerrigan.
Robbie will also produce along with Tom Ackerley through their Lucky Chap banner alongside Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games) and Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You). Rogers also penned the screenplay. Miramax acquired the distribution rights to the film yesterday.
For those unfamiliar with the scandal, Gillooly and Harding’s bodyguard Shawn Eckardt hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s leg so she couldn’t compete against Harding in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Gillooly became a public figure in the investigation and trial that followed, where he testified against Harding but was ultimately sentenced to two years in prison for racketeering.
Stan can next be seen in the Shirley Jackson adaptation We Have Always Lived in the Castle alongside Alexandra Daddario and Taissa Farmiga, the J.K. Simmons led drama I’m Not Here, and the Showtime stand-up comedy drama series, I’m Dying up Here. Stan also recently shot Steven Soderbergh’s anticipated return to film, Lucky Logan, in the midst of a classically Soderbergh all-star casting including Adam Driver, Katherine Waterson, Daniel Craig, Katie Holmes, and Channing Tatum. And of course, after the fallout of Civil War, Stan’s Bucky Barnes is expected to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in time for Infinity War (and maybe sooner considering where we leave him in Civil War).