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Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner: Biopic Casts Its Star, THR Reports

Jared Leto as Hugh Hefner: Biopic Casts Its Star, THR Reports

Jared Leto attends the European Premiere of "Suicide Squad" at the Odeon Leicester Square on Aug. 3, 2016, in London, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 04 October 2017 06:35 AM

A Hugh Hefner biopic that has been in the works since 2007 will reportedly star Jared Leto as the iconic Playboy founder.

Director Brett Ratner cast Leto in the role, saying that he was an old friend, The Hollywood Reporter wrote in an exlusive. Leto never met Hefner, but did visit the Playboy Mansion in April when an ailing Hefner was not meeting guests, Ratner told THR.

Hefner died Friday at age 91.

Ratner, 48, got the rights to the project for his company RatPac Entertainment after producer Jerry Weintraub died in 2015. Ratner plans to do the film as an "event" and told THR Leto approached him and said he wanted the role so he could “understand” Hefner.

“I really believe Jared can do it,” Ratner said, THR reported. “He’s one of the great actors of today.”

Ratner said Leto would rely on ample footage of Hefner to study and learn the role.

Leto won an Oscar for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” and also appeared in “Suicide Squad” as the Joker. He will appear in the upcoming “Blade Runner 2049” and reprise his role as the Joker for future DC Comics movies including “Suicide Squad 2” and “Harley Quinn vs. The Joker.”

Twitter waxed comedic about the seemingly unlikely casting choice.

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