Jared Leto is set to play Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in a biopic from filmmaker Brett Ratner. The announcement comes just a week after Hefner’s passing.
The project is in early development at Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment with Ratner keen to helm the film since 2007 when the project was setup elsewhere. Ratner eventually scored the rights himself in 2016 and tells THR:
“Jared is an old friend. When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him.’ And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today… My goal is to do the motion picture as an event… There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants.”
Ratner invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon’s docuseries “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story” earlier this year. Ratner also plans to reboot the Hefner-hosted, late-1960s talk show “Playboy After Dark”.