Actor Jared Leto’s next movie role is going to be Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rush Hour series director Brett Ratner will direct the untitled film, which sounds like it’s still a long time out. “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,” Ratner, 48, said.
The film is in “early development” at RatPac Entertainment, Ratner’s company, so there aren’t any details yet on what part of Hefner’s life the movie will focus on. But this isn’t the first time the director has tried to make the film. As far back as 2007, Ratner was signed on to make a Hefner movie with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead role. THR also says Ratner has plans to bring back the ’60s talk show Playboy After Dark, though we doubt Leto will also be filling in for Hefner as host. (But again, considering how he likes to go method, maybe we shouldn’t rule it out entirely.)
Hefner revolutionised the publishing scene in the US by launching his niche men’s magazine in 1953. The magazine had interviews and articles of some of the biggest literary names, along with a centrefold featuring nude pictures of women as its special feature. There is no release date or title for the Hefner biopic at this time.