Hold on to your bunny ears! Jared Leto is taking over the Playboy Mansion.
The Oscar-winning actor has been cast to play Hugh Hefner in an upcoming Brett Ratner-biopic about the Playboy mogul’s life, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Ratner has been trying to bring Hef’s eccentric and controversial story to the big screen for years now. But it wasn’t until 2015 that he snapped up the rights to the story and was able to start working on the film, which is reportedly still in early development.
“When he [Jared Leto] heard I got the rights to Hef’s story, he told me ‘I want to play him. I want to understand him’,” Ratner said. “And I really believe Jared can do it. He’s one of the great actors of today.”
Despite Ratner’s intention to introduce to Hefner the person who would be portraying him, Leto never got to meet the Playboy founder, who died just one week ago at age 91. Still, the director is convinced the actor will have no problem handling the role. “There’s enough footage on Hef out there that Jared will be able to get as much information as he wants,” Ratner said.
Jared Leto won an Oscar for best supporting actor in 2014 for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon, a fictional trans woman with HIV. Last summer he appeared as The Joker in the superhero based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad.
Hugh Hefner will be Jared’s next major role, after appearing in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 as Niander Wallace, starring next to Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.