Jared Leto Will Star in Brett Ratner's Hugh Hefner Movie

Jared Leto Will Star in Brett Ratner's Hugh Hefner Movie

Oct 03, 2017

Hugh Hefner, who passed away last week, had a huge influence on movies. There's the work he did in film preservation, helping to restore prints of The Big Sleep and Pandora's Box. There's the pop cultural presence his publication had in such movies as Apocalypse Now and of course The House Bunny. And he's been a figure worth portraying on screen, from James Franco's brief role in Lovelace to Cliff Roberton's performance in Star 80 and even Stan Lee's cameo in Iron Man

Now Hefner is going to finally get a proper biopic of his own. Brett Ratner, who has been trying to get the project made for at least a decade, has announced Jared Leto will star as the iconic Playboy mogul. Quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, Ratner (Hercules) says, "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."

Leto has portrayed a few famous people in the past. Of the former, there's John Lennon slayer Mark David Chapman in Chapter 27, ancient Greek military leader Hephaestion in Alexander and Olympic runner Steve Prefontaine in Prefontaine. He's also played DC Comics villain The Joker, who is more famous than all of those real figures. But not more famous than Hefner. Will Leto look the part once he puts on a robe and grabs a pipe? 

While Hefner didn't get the big theatrical biographical treatment before his death, he did see plenty of substantial efforts focused on him made for the small screen. Just this year, Amazon released the 10-part docudrama hybrid American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story with Matt Whelan portraying the subject in dramatic scenes. And back in 1999, the USA Network aired the TV movie Hefner Unauthorized starring Randall Batinkoff. If Ratner and Leto do a poor job, there will likely be others in the future.

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