Movies | October 3, 2017 12:32 pm

Jared Leto to Portray Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner in New Biopic

Untitled movie was resurrected back in April and will be directed by Brett Ratner.

MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet
Jared Leto attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Oscar-winner Jared Leto will soon be fitted for a velvet smoking robe, pajamas and pipe.

According to Variety, the actor has signed on to play Playboy founder and editor Hugh Hefner in an as-yet-untitled biopic. The project will be directed by Brett Ratner, who produced Oscar-winning film The Revenant and helmed X-Men: The Last Stand.

The project had been tabled but was resurrected back in April, and it couldn’t be better timing: Hefner died just days ago on Sept. 27, so it’ll make for a fitting tribute.

Per Variety, Hefner gave his blessing to the project before he passed away. Said Hefner: “In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life. I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we’ve found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment. I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration.”