Brett Ratner’s Playboy biopic is no longer in development.
Multiple reports stated that Jared Leto had been cast as Hugh Hefner for the project—after Ratner himself appeared to confirm the news to The Hollywood Reporter in early October. “Jared is an old friend,” Ratner said. “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.”
But now that six women—including actress Olivia Munn—have publicly accused Ratner of sexual abuse or inappropriate conduct, Leto’s rep clarified that Leto was never officially on board for the project, which was still in its early stages. A rep told Deadline, “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,” adding that, “Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives.”
Playboy Enterprises likewise distanced itself from Ratner, stating, “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.”
In an account for The Los Angeles Times, Munn recalled Ratner masturbating in front of her in a trailer:
Munn entered Ratner’s trailer and quickly placed the food on a table. She said she was startled to find him inside. She tried to make a quick exit, but Ratner implored her not to leave.
“He walked out ... with his belly sticking out, no pants on, shrimp cocktail in one hand and he was furiously masturbating in the other,” Munn said. “And before I literally could even figure out where to escape or where to look, he ejaculated.”
Munn said she let out a “startled scream” and raced out of the trailer. She said she immediately told the man who had asked her to deliver the food. His reaction? “It wasn’t a shock. It wasn’t surprise,” Munn recalled. “It was just, ‘Ugh, sorry about that.’”
Martin Singer, Ratner’s lawyer, denied the women’s claims in a 10-page statement that read, in part, “I have represented Mr. Ratner for two decades, and no woman has ever made a claim against him for sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.”