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Jared Leto play Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in new biopic

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Story by Jack Foley

JARED Leto is to play late Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner in a new biopic being produced and directed by Brett Ratner.

The project remains in the early stages of development, according to The Hollywood Reporter, but it remains a passion project for Ratner, who has been keen to helm the movie since 2007, when it was initially set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment.

Robert Downey Jr. was even once attached to play Hefner.

But commenting on Leto’s casting, Ratner said: “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 can currently be seen in Blade Runner 2049.

Ratner, meanwhile, remains committed to ensuring that Hefner’s legacy remains intact, having been one of the magazine man’s many friends.

Indeed, Ratner invited Leto to the Playboy Mansion for the premiere of Amazon’s docu-series American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story, which doubled as a celebration of Hefner turning 91.

And he had hoped to introduce Leto to the man he’d be playing on the big screen. Unfortunately, Hefner was in failing health and not greeting guests that day. He subsequently died on September 27, at the age of 91.

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