AceShowbiz - Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya" is shaping up together with the latest casting report. Deadline has learned that "Captain America: Civil War" actor Sebastian Stan has signed on to star in the upcoming biopic as Jeff Gillooly, the estranged husband of the figure skater that will be played by Margot Robbie.
Gillooly was also Harding's partner in crime as he helped the former skater plot the attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly revealed that he and his ex-wife's bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to break Kerrigan's leg, so that she couldn't compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Filming on the upcoming movie is expected to start in the first quarter of 2017, with Craig Gillespie sitting behind the lens. The screenplay is provided by Steven Rogers based on Gillooly and Harding's firsthand interviews. Rogers will also serve as a producer with Robbie and her Lucky Chap's Tom Ackerley, and Bryan Unkeless, with Miramax distributing the film.
In other casting news, Variety has reported that "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" actor Ben Mendelsohn is circling another villainous role. The Director Krennic depicter is currently in negotiations to join the cast of Lionsgate's "Robin Hood: Origins" as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
Mendelsohn will star opposite Taron Egerton, who has been tapped to play the titular character. The Australian actor will also share screen with the likes of Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and "Bridge of Spies" actress Eve Hewson who will portray Little John, Robin's half-brother Will Scarlet and Maid Marian respectively.
Said to be a gritty take on the classic story, the upcoming movie will be directed by Otto Bathurst from a script by Joby Harold. Harold will also serve as a producer along with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Basil Iwanyk and Tory Tunnell. The movie is set for a March 23, 2018 U.S. release.