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The trailer for Margot Robbie's I, Tonya is here, and it looks great

We’ve been quite bullish on the upcoming Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, ever since we first reported on the project more than a year and a half ago. Today, the red band trailer was released, and it suggests we were right to be excited.


Whereas the first teaser a few weeks ago was little more than a montage of imagery set to a monologue about how the truth is bullshit, this new full-length trailer gets that “bullshit” line out in the first few seconds. From there, it’s a propulsive jaunt through Harding’s life, from a childhood in which she endured the cruelty of a manipulative mother (played with fuck-you glee by Allison Janney) on into adulthood, and the attack against her teammate Nancy Kerrigan. There’s a distinct feeling of “Alexander Payne meets the Coen brothers” to the film, with unflattering characters behaving unflatteringly and a black comic tone to the whole endeavor. But anchoring it all is Margot Robbie’s blunt-spoken Harding, the actor already earning critical plaudits for her performance. Helmed by journeyman director Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours, Million Dollar Arm) and co-starring Sebastian Stan, a.k.a. Bucky Barnes, I, Tonya will triple-axle its way into theaters December 8.

Alex McLevy is a writer and editor at The A.V. Club, and would kindly appreciate additional videos of robots failing to accomplish basic tasks.