Oscar-winning actor, Jared Leto has taken on the role of the late playboy mogul, Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic.
Director of the biopic, Brett Ratner spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about Jared Leto and the upcoming film. “Jared is an old friend,” he 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.”
Hugh Hefner passed away at the age of 91 on September, 27, 2017.
Back in April, Ratner invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon’s docuseries American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, an occasion which also marked Hugh Hefner’s 91st birthday. The director had hoped to introduce the 45-year-old Leto to Hefner that evening, knowing that he would play him in the film, but due to Hefner’s health he wasn’t greeting guests.
However, the producer doesn’t seem to be worried, “There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants,” Ratner said.