The footage comes as Oscar buzz continues to grow around her performance following rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival where it premiered in September.
The movie follows Harding’s story from her early skating days to her training for the ’94 Winter Olympics before her ex-husband intervenes and tries to sabotage rival skater Kerrigan. The infamous event made headlines for its brutality and tale of rival ice princesses.
Gillooly worked together to hire someone to attack Kerrigan. Though Harding long disputed her involvement, she was eventually convicted of hindering the investigation into the incident. She received three years probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $160,000 fine — and was ultimately banned from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for life.
In the I, Tonya teaser, Robbie uncannily mimics her voice, summarizing Harding’s plight with the public eye.
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“America, they want someone to love. But they want someone to hate,” Robbie narrates in an eery imitation of Harding’s voice. “And the haters always say, ‘Tonya, tell the truth!’ There’s no such thing as truth. I mean, it’s bulls—.”
The teaser also offers first looks of Allison Janney as Harding’s mother LaVona, and a mustache sporting Sebastian Stan as ex-husband and Nancy Kerrigan attack mastermind Jeff Gillooly.
I, Tonya opens in N.Y.C and Los Angeles on December 8.