Jared Leto cast as Hugh Hefner for biopic

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Jared Letowill playHugh Hefner in a biopic about the Playboyfounder, who died Sept. 27 at age 91.

The upcoming biopic will be directed by Brett Ratner who says “Jared is an old friend.”

Ratner continues: “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.”

READ MORE: Hugh Hefner dead: Playboy founder dies aged 91

The upcoming biopic has been in development since 2007. Initially, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment owned the rights to the project and the rights later went to producer Jerry Weintraub for Warner Bros. When Weintraub died in 2015, Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment took over the biopic rights.

“In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life,” Hefner said in a statement in April. “I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we’ve found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment.”

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Hefner died last month and Leto never had a chance to meet him. Ratner had hoped to introduce the pair but he says “There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants.”

“My goal is to do the motion picture as an event,” Ratner says.

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Many people on Twitter appear less enthused about the casting for the Ratner-directed project.

If Hugh Hefner had looked like Jared Leto he would not have become Hugh Hefner.

— Griffin Halloweenman (@GriffLightning) October 3, 2017

My biggest fear is laying on my death bed and someone whispering into my ear “Jared Leto is going to play you in a biopic”

— Kelen Keller (@KelenKeller38) October 3, 2017

“WE’RE MAKING A HUGH HEFNER BIOPIC!”

“How can we make it sleazy upfront!”

“BRETT RATNER DIRECTING!”

“But sleazier…”

“…Jared Leto.” pic.twitter.com/pY0SJt3cWQ

— X (@XLNB) October 3, 2017

Jared Leto will play Hugh Hefner in a movie with the working title Ew.

— Tim Duffy h8s guns™ (@TimDuffy) October 3, 2017

Brett Ratner… is making a Hugh Hefner biopic… starring Jared Leto…

Who let this happen? This is literally the trifecta of do not want

— Calvin (@calvinstowell) October 3, 2017

As America’s conscience, Jimmy Kimmel needs to speak out tonight against Jared Leto playing Hugh Hefner in a Brett Ratner film

— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) October 3, 2017

We may have a lot of hugely complex problems as a country, but you’d think we could at least stop Jared Leto.

— Jesse Case (@jessecase) October 3, 2017

What can I do to make sure that Hugh Hefner biopic doesn’t get made? We could make a biopic about literally anyone AND cast NOT Jared Leto

— Jonah Green (@JonahGreen) October 3, 2017

the only way to make sure i never accidentally see the brett ratner movie with jared leto as hugh hefner is to never watch a movie again

— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) October 3, 2017

Just read the words “Jared Leto will play Hugh Hefner” and my eyes rolled out of my head and down the hallway.

— Shannon Miller (@Phunky_Brewster) October 3, 2017

Oh, AND it’ll be directed by Brett Ratner? pic.twitter.com/9VcVCgNm1B

— Shannon Miller (@Phunky_Brewster) October 3, 2017

Jared Leto To Star In Brett Ratner’s Hugh Hefner Biopic, Because He Wasn’t Already Doing The Most To Remind Us All How He’s Just The Worst

— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) October 3, 2017

oh jesus lord let’s call it a day. brett ratner is making a hugh hefner biopic starring jared leto.

— Stuart Henderson (@henderstu) October 3, 2017

This biopic, but instead of Hugh Hefner it’s about Holly Madison, and instead of Brett Ratner directing Sofia Coppola is directing https://t.co/TDBsaf44lv

— Ariane Lange (@arianelange) October 3, 2017

Is it possible to make a movie no woman will see? Jared Leto playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner says “Yup!”

— Josh Carson (@JoshDCarson) October 4, 2017

Today in movie news, Jared Leto is playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic directed by Brett Ratner. pic.twitter.com/kkhg88beC3

— Tony Goldmark (@tonygoldmark) October 3, 2017

Leto’s most recent project, Blade Runner 2049, hit theatres on Oct. 6.

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