The movie follows figure skater Tonya Harding (Robbie) during her hard-fought rise to the top of her sport, before her equally hard fall for her involvement in the attack against rival Nancy Kerrigan ahead of the 1994 Winter Olympics.
"America, they want someone to love but they want someone to hate," Robbie's Tonya Harding says bitterly.
The trailer provides a glimpse at the darkly funny, biting, sharp-as-a-ice skate tone of the film. The movie highlights Harding's tumultuous relationships with her chain-smoking, tough-as-nails, acid-tongued mother (Allison Janney) and hotheaded ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan).
Robbie looks almost unrecognizable, blending into the role seamlessly, and her skating looks impressively good. Both she and Janney should be in the mix this awards season.
"I, Tonya" opens in theaters December 8.