Jared Leto Will Play Hugh Hefner in Brett Ratner Biopic

Now here’s some news that, while timely, is also pretty funny: Jared Leto has signed on to play Hugh Hefner in director Brett Ratner’s long-gestating biopic.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, and Ratner spoke about Leto in the upcoming film. “Jared is an old friend,” he said. “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.”

So yeah, Jared Leto wants to “understand” him. Hoo boy, can you just imagine the silly lengths this dude is going to go to BECOME HUGH HEFNER! He didn’t get a chance to meet the mogul before his passing last week, which is either good or bad news. We shall see.


As for Ratner, well, there doesn’t seem to be anyone more suited to tell the story of Hugh Hefner. And don’t talk about the guy’s humanitarian endeavors. This is Brett Ratner at the helm, not Sidney Pollock.

There’s no release date or official title for the film. At one point it was going to be called Playboy, so we’ll see if that sticks. Stay tuned for more funny updates and set photos of Leto in his smoking jacket and sailor’s cap.

Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry Taylor - Managing Editor
Larry is the managing editor for Monkeys Fighting Robots. The Dalai Lama once told him when he dies he will receive total consciousness. So he's got that going for him... Which is nice.