The death of the famous Playboy founder came as a shock to many. Hugh Hefner died at age 91. Sept. 27. Shortly after the public learned of Hefner’s death, it was announced that a biopic would be made about the Playboy icon’s life. Jared Leto of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars will be playing Hefner in an upcoming biopic.
Leto is probably better known for his acting roles. Starring in movies such as “Requiem For A Dream,” “Blade Runner,” and 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” his performances are always ones to remember. It’s certainly exciting news that Leto will be using his talents to star as Hefner.
About the Biopic
The project is in early development with Brett Ratner‘s “RatPac Entertainment.” The director/producer has been set on this creation since 2007. The film was initially set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Robert Downey Jr. had also once been attached to play Hefner, but Ratner knew Leto was truly meant for the part.
The internet, unfortunately, is not as excited about the Ratner-directed project.
“Jared Leto is playing Hugh Hefner in Brett Ratner’s biopic and I need a shower after just typing those words,”
-Vivian Lang of the website “The Mary Sue.”
Ratner certainly isn’t setting sail on the best of terms with the public. Ratner ended up resigning from producing the 2012 Oscars. He did so after a series of incidents involving homophobic slurs, his controversial statements about his sex life and his racist objectification of Olivia Munn.
Los Angeles Times writer Libby Hill stated that the project is led by “a perfect storm of problematic people,” starting with Ratner himself. A harsh statement to say the least, but is it truthful? I say let’s wait and see.