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Sebastian Stan to portray Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly 'I, Tonya'

By Wade Sheridan
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Sebastian Stan to portray Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly 'I, Tonya'
Sebastian Stan attends the premiere of "Captain America: Civil War" on April 12. Stan has now been cast as Jeff Gillooly opposite Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya." File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Sebastian Stan has signed on to star as Jeff Gillooly, the ex-husband of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in biopic I, Tonya.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will depict how Gillooly along with Harding's bodyguard infamously hired a hitman to break the leg of fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan before the start of the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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Harding won that competition but Gillooly and the bodyguard Shawn Eckardt were prosecuted as Harding and Kerrigan competed in the 1994 Olympic games.

Eventually Harding pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution and was banned for life from the sport. Gillooly testified against Harding and served time in prison for the attack.

The film, which was first announced in March, will star Margot Robbie as Harding with the actress also set to produce under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. A director has yet to be named.

The role is the latest for Stan, best known as The Winter Solider/Bucky Barnes in Marvel's cinematic universe where he will continue to appear in along with roles in Steven Soderberg's upcoming NASCAR heist film Lucky Logan and thriller We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

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