The film, which is being directed by Brett Ratner, is in early development.

It's been less than a week since Hugh Hefner died and now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto has signed on to star as the Playboy founder in an upcoming movie.

It's been less than a week since Hugh Hefner died and now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Jared Leto has signed on to star as the Playboy founder in an upcoming movie.

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Director and producer Brett Ratner told THR that Leto didn't hesitate to take on the role. "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."

Director and producer Brett Ratner told THR that Leto didn't hesitate to take on the role. "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."

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Ratner has been working on bringing Hefner's story to the big screen since 2007.

Ratner has been working on bringing Hefner's story to the big screen since 2007.

Ratner's rights to Hefner's life story expired in 2012 and then, producer Jerry Weintraub purchased them for Warner Bros. The film had a director and writer, but no star. In 2015, when Weintraub died, Ratner was able to acquire the rights again.

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Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman were reportedly in talks to play Hef at one point, but now Leto is apparently taking the reins.

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