The red-band trailer for I, Tonya hit YouTube Wednesday, and it looks like Margot Robbie’s performance as former world-class figure skater Tonya Harding deserves a gold medal.
The trailer brings viewers back to January 1994, when, following a practice session at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, Stoneham native and chief Harding rival Nancy Kerrigan was hit in the knee with a police baton by Shane Stant. Kerrigan was forced to withdraw from the competition, in which Harding won gold. Harding later pleaded guilty to conspiring to hinder prosecution, but avoided jail time. Stant, Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gilooly, co-conspirator Shawn Eckardt, and getaway driver Derrick Smith all served time in prison for the attack.
The trailer doesn’t shy away from the more colorful aspects of the main characters’ personalities, including those of Harding’s domineering mother, LaVona Golden, played by Allison Janney (The West Wing, Juno).
“Do not swear in front of the kids,” one woman says after Golden remonstrates a young Harding (Mckenna Grace, Gifted) for an on-ice mistake.
“I didn’t swear, you c***,” Golden shoots back.
The trailer also highlights Harding’s hard-scrabble upbringing, which often left her at a disadvantage with figure skating judges when competing against the more naturally composed Kerrigan (played by Caitlin Carver).
“How do I get a fair shot?” Harding asks a judge.
“We also judge on presentation,” the judge replies.
“Suck my d***,” Harding shoots back.
I, Tonya will hit theaters in limited release on Dec. 8, with a wide release date still to be announced.