Captain America: Civil War star Sebastian Stan is switching gears from Marvel heroes to dramatized biographical films. The actor has officially been cast in the forthcoming biopic I, Tonya, the dramatized story of infamous figure skater Tonya Harding.
Stan will reportedly play Jeff Gillooly, Tonya's ex-husband. He has been cast opposite Margot Robbie, who will play Tonya. Gillooly played a massive role in conspiring with his wife to attack skater Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Tonya's husband later testified in court regarding the incident, revealing that he and the figure skater's bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired hit man Shane Stant to break Kerrigan's leg so she couldn't compete in the upcoming skating competition. Additionally, Tonya and Jeff came out with a sex tape, which may or may not be touched on in the biopic when it comes out.
Stan definitely has some of Gillooly's likeness, but audiences will just have to see if the actor is able to execute his diabolical nature in the film. Earlier on Monday, Miramax reportedly acquired the distribution rights. Robbie will reportedly be lending a hand to production, while Craig Gillespie will direct the film. As of now, I, Tonya seems to be only in the casting phase and does not have a release date yet. The role of Kerrigan has not been revealed as of yet.
In addition to reprising his role as Bucky Barnes in the upcoming flick Avengers: Infinity War, Stan is also set to appear in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle.