Jared Leto Says He Wasn’t Going To Play Hugh Hefner In Ratner’s (Now Canceled) Film

Oscar winning actor Jared Leto claims he was never involved in the Brett Ratner directed Hugh Hefner biopic film announced earlier this year.

jared leto

Playboy Entertainment released a statement today that the Hef-centric biographical film would not be moving forward as intended with Ratner after a Los Angeles Times piece featuring first hand accounts from six different women accusing Ratner of harassment and misconduct ran this morning.

Deadline ran the story with quotes from Leto’s representative today which stated:

“Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future. Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”

The production halting decision is due to the swirling accusations from six different women that Ratner sexually harassed them.  A quote from Playboy (also to Deadline) stated:

“We are deeply troubled to learn about the accusations against Brett Ratner. We find this kind of behavior completely unacceptable.  We are putting all further development of our projects with RatPac Entertainment on hold until we are able to review the situation further.”

Hefner passed away earlier this year at the age of 91 at home in the Playboy Mansion, official causes being listed as cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, sepsis and an E. coli infection.  Hef started the Playboy empire as a magazine in his Chicago living room in 1953, after quitting his copy editor position at Esquire.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

twitter   facebook square   instagram   envelope