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.

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About AI Film
 
Established in 2013, AI Film is an independent film finance and executive production company owned by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries, investing in features from the US and UK with international market potential. Headquartered in London and headed by CEO Aviv Giladi, the company works alongside the world’s most exciting elite filmmakers and production partners to deliver bold, quality commercial films.
 
AI Film’s current slate of titles includes Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Martin Scorsese’s Silence, and forthcoming I, TONYA, starring Margot Robbie. Past projects include Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Ian McKellen starrer Mr Holmes; and Warner Music collaboration, Kill Your Friends starring Nicholas Hoult.
 
For further information, visit: http://ai-film.com/   

About Sierra/Affinity

Sierra/Affinity is a leading independent film finance, production and foreign sales company, consistently delivering high-quality, commercially viable feature films for a global audience. Sierra/Affinity capitalizes on the ever-evolving global film marketplace, representing sales of third-party films as well as its own productions designed to appeal to both the North American and global marketplaces. In addition to representing sales of third party films, the company acts as the exclusive sales agent for films developed and produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, OddLot Entertainment, Bold Films and Sierra Pictures. Following Entertainment One’s (eOne) strategic equity investment in Sierra Pictures in January 2016, the international sales and distribution of films produced and acquired by eOne Features, as well as eOne-distributed films from The Mark Gordon Company, will be handled by Sierra/Affinity outside of Canada, the UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain, where eOne directly distributes films. The company is also compiling a slate of wide-release, director-driven commercial films with domestic and global appeal that will complement the slates built by its partners.