ABC/Randy HolmesJared Leto is going from Blade Runner to ground breaker: The Hollywood Reporter says the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman will play Playboy founder Hugh Hefner in a biopic.
Producer Brett Ratner was close with the cultural icon, who passed away last week at 91, and hoped to direct the project as far back as 2007.
Ratner tells THR, “Jared is an old friend. When he heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, [Leto] 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.”
Says Ratner, who is also producing a remake of Hef’s old TV chat show, Playboy After Dark, “My goal is to do the motion picture as an event.”
Leto, who won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, will next be seen on screen this weekend in Blade Runner 2049. If you need even more Leto in your life, you can listen to the new Thirty Seconds to Mars single “Walk on Water.”
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