The Academy Award-winning actor is in the early stages (so early that there’s neither a release date nor a title for it just yet) of making a movie about Hefner’s life with producer Brett Ratner, who’s slated to direct. “Jared is an old friend,” Ratner told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Leto isn’t just an actor: he’s also an avid mountain climber (albeit one who scales the slopes wearing copious amounts of Gucci) and the frontman of the band 30 Seconds to Mars. Word has it he never had the opportunity to meet Hefner in person, but that shouldn’t stop him from turning out a great performance. Hefner lived his life in full view of the public for well over 60 years, and with talk shows, reality shows, and even movie and TV cameos, his mannerisms and personal style should be easy for Leto to capture. And if Ray, The King’s Speech, and Braveheart are any indication, this film has a good chance of setting him up to win another Oscar. In the meantime, his next movie, Blade Runner 2049, will premiere on Friday, Oct. 6.