A long-gestating biopic of controversial Playboy founder Hugh Heffner seems to once again be moving forward following the news of his death, with Jared Leto set to take the lead role.
Leto, who is about star in Blade Runner 2049 and has developed a reputation for his over-the-top character actor antics, was attached as early as Spring 2016, but has today (3rd October 2017) been confirmed for the role by RatPac Entertainment producer Brett Ratner.
Ratner, the director of the Rush Hour trilogy (1998-2007), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Hercules (2014), will direct the movie on behalf of RatPac. Recalling his long-term friendship with Leto, he had the following to say:
“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.”
As of this moment, it is unclear as to whether the proposed biopic will look critically at Heffner’s life and career or whether it will be a celebration of it. There has also yet to be a release date announced for this film.