In an exclusive interview for “Cruella,” Gillespie gave Looper an early peek into “Pam & Tommy,” and hinted at what viewers can expect from the series. From the outset, Gillespie’s approach to Lee and Anderson’s story mirrors that of his direction of the Tanya Harding biopic “I, Tonya.” Chronicling the life of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding and her rivalry with frequent competitor Nancy Kerrigan, “I, Tonya” earned Margot Robbie a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the scandal-ridden Olympic skater. The film also stars Stan as Harding’s then-husband Jeff Gillooly, the mastermind behind the 1994 baton attack on Kerrigan.
At the time of the interview, the director said he was four weeks into shooting “Pam & Tommy,” and that Stan and James’ performances were “both amazing.”
“It’s a sort of an interesting story. Again, it’s not dissimilar to ‘I, Tonya’ in the sense of looking at how society’s being complicit,” Gillespie said. “We get to hold a mirror up again, so it’s about our role in this and the destruction that it actually has in their personal lives, but we get to look at all the characters. Again, I think from more of a nuanced place. It’s not black and white. Everybody is culpable in certain ways, and we understand all the motivations going on, and it’s kind of a fascinating, wild ride.”
The release date for “Pam & Tommy” has not yet been announced, but the series is expected to premiere sometime in 2022. In the meantime, fans can see Gillespie’s “Cruella” in theaters nationwide and streaming exclusively on Disney+ with Premier Access.