Oscar-Winning Actor to Play Hugh Hefner in Upcoming Biopic

Oct 3, 2017  •  Post A Comment

Hugh Hefner, who died Sept. 27 at the Playboy Mansion at 91, will be played by Jared Leto in a new biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leto won an Oscar in 2014 for his supporting role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

THR quotes Brett Ratner, who will be directing the Hefner project, saying: “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.”

THR adds: “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.”

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