Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Steven Rogers
Role: Jeff Gillooly
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: TBA
Cast: Sebastian Stan (Jeff Gillooly), Margot Robbie (Tonya Harding), Allison Janney (LaVona Golden).
Competitive ice skater, Tonya Harding, rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt, when her boyfriend intervenes.
February 28, 2017 – Sebastian Stan updated his Instagram with a picture and caption, that the movie has wrapped.
From Deadline.com: Sebastian Stan is going from Winter Soldier to another icy role. The Marvel Universe regular has been cast as Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly in I, Tonya, the edgy comedy film being directed by Craig Gillespie that stars Margot Robbie as Harding. The project, penned by Steven Rogers, will expose the absurd, tragic and hilarious story-behind-the-story of one of sports’ most infamous scandals.
The pic is ramping up now after Miramax secured U.S. distribution rights yesterday to the film about former U.S. figure-skating champ Harding, who fell into disgrace after she and Gillooly plotted to attack rival Nancy Kerrigan right before the 1994 U.S. Championships in Detroit. Production gets underway in January.
Gillooly became a public figure in the subsequent investigation and trial, at which it was revealed he and Harding’s bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan’s leg so she couldn’t compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Harding was eventually banned for life from the sport after both she and Gillooly reached plea deals; Gillooly was sentenced to two years in prison for racketeering, with the judge determining he was the “driving force” in the plot.
Kerrigan had to withdraw from the U.S. championships after the attack but she and Harding made the Olympic team. Their every move was caught on camera during the Lillehammer Games; Kerrigan won silver and Harding finished eighth.
Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, LuckyChap’s Robbie and Tom Ackerley, and Rogers are producing the pic, while AI’s Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi are exec producers. Rosanne Korenberg is overseeing the film for Miramax, and Sierra/Affinity is selling offshore.
Stan recently shot Stephen Soderberg’s NASCAR-set heist pic Logan Lucky, We Have Always Lived In A Castle opposite Alexandra Daddario, and I’m Not There. He is still in the mix for upcoming Marvel movies as well.
January 18, 2017 – Press Release from Miramax
MIRAMAX® ANNOUNCES START OF PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON I, TONYA
Julianne Nicholson Joins Stellar Cast Led by Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney
Los Angeles (January 18, 2017) — Miramax® announced today that principal photography has begun in Atlanta, GA, on I, TONYA, starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gillooly, Allison Janney as Tonya’s mother Lavona, and Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckhardt. Joining the already announced cast is Julianne Nicholson (Sophie and the Rising Sun, Black Mass, August: Osage County, “Eyewitness”) as Harding’s first skating coach Diane Rawlinson. Nicholson is repped by UTA and Davien Littlefield Management.
I, TONYA peels back the layers of Tonya Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 assault on Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic, and hilarious story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid scandal in the history of figure skating and the Olympic Games.
Directed by Craig Gillespie, I, TONYA, is written by Steven Rogers, produced by Bryan Unkeless for Clubhouse Pictures, Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi will executive produce for AI Film, which is financing the project. Zanne Devine and Rosanne Korenberg will oversee the project for Miramax, which acquired the title for US distribution as announced last month.
Nicolas Karakatsanis (The Drop, Triple 9, Bullhead) is the Director of Photography, Jade Healy (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Body Saints, James White) is the Production Designer and Costume Design is by Jennifer Johnson (20th Century Women, Beginners).
UTA Independent Film Group and CAA handled representation of US domestic rights with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales.