– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Jared Leto will be starring as magazine mogul Hugh Hefner, who is best known for the founding of Playboy Magazine, in an upcoming biopic, THR reports. According to the outlet, the film will be helmed by Ratpac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner, best known for directing his Rush Hour series and X-Men: The Last Stand (though his production company produces about 87 million movies a year)

On this casting decision, 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.”

While Ratner may not be the first name that comes to mind when directing a film like this, he’s apparently had his mind set on doing so since 2007, when Robert Downey Jr. was set to star. In 2015, Ratner picked up the rights.

“My goal is to do the motion picture as an event,” he said.

Leto had apparently been on board to play Hefner for some time, and Ratner, even wanted to introduce the actor to him, but due to Hefner’s failing health, that was simply not possible.

Hugh Hefner passed away late last month on September 27, 2017, at the age of 91.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.