Less than a week after Hugh Hefner’s death, Jared Leto was approached to take on the challenge of impersonating the playboy magazine owner.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar-winning star of Dallas Buyers Club and Suicide Squad will take on the role of the Playboy mogul after he told the Rush Hour film-maker he was keen to understand him.
The film will be directed by Brett Ratner who produced “The Reborn”.
“Jared is an old friend,” Ratner said.
“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.”
The project is in early development with Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. The director-producer has been set on helming the movie since 2007, when it was initially set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Robert Downey Jr. had once been attached to play Hef.
When the rights expired, they were purchased by producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean’s Eleven, HBO’s Westworld) for Warner Bros. After Weintraub died in 2015, Ratner snapped up the rights for his own company. Says Ratner, “My goal is to do the motion picture as an event.”