Oct. three - —Jared Leto has-been tapped to portray Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in an upcoming biopic from director Brett Ratner.
Leto’s casting comes after Hefner’s death Wed. of natural causes at the age of 91.
Ratner had formally announced in Apr. in that he was developing a biopic on the magazine mogul by means of his RatPac Entertainment studio after optioning Hefner’s life rights, Selection reported. Hefner was signed on as an executive producer & had given the project his blessing.
“In current years of time of time there was loads of interest and far dialog about doing a feature film based mostly on my life. I’ve all the time believed in that when the timing was truly right, the right artistic partners would come collectively for this project. I consider we have found these partners in Brett Ratner & RatPac Entertainment. I am greatly looking forward to this collaboration,” Hefner stated at the time.
Additionally in Apr., Ratner had invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere showing of Amazon documentary collection, American Playboy: The- Hugh Hefner Story.
“Jared is an old acceptable friend,” Ratner stated to The- Hollywood Reporter concerning the actor. “When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me, ‘I would like to play him. I would like to know him.’ & I really consider Jared can do it. He is one of many amazing actors of today.”
Leto shall be seen opposite Ryan Gosling & Harrison Ford in Blade Runner 2049, due in theaters on Fri.. Leto is additionally set to once more portray DC Comics villain The- Joker in a sequel continuation to Suicide Squad & in a brand new film in that will co star Margot Robbie as The- Joker’s lady mate, pal Harley Quinn.