If the past week is any indication, Brett Ratner’s long-in-development Hugh Hefner biopic could be well worth the wait.
With film fans still reeling from the news that Jared Leto (Blade Runner 2049) has come on board to headline the feature, we’re now learning that a Suicide Squad reunion could be on the cards, as one source close to The Mirror has tipped Margot Robbie to play one of Hefner’s three wives: Mildred Williams, Kimberley Conrad, or Crystal Harris.
Hugh Hefner was supposedly a big fan of the Aussie actress prior to his recent death, having extended an invitation for her to appear in Playboy Magazine circa 2014. Robbie politely declined the offer, but it’s understood the Hollywood star has now entered talks to co-star in Ratner’s biopic, one that will seemingly chronicle the rise and rise of Hugh Hefner, from shrewd businessman to renown entrepreneur.
No other casting details are available just yet, but given the pair’s fiery chemistry in Suicide Squad, landing both Leto and Robbie would be a major coup for a project that’s languished on the brink of development for years. Jeff Nathanson is on script duties.
Hot off I, Tonya, Margot Robbie is currently in the midst of doing press for Goodbye Christopher Robin, and will soon be back in the DC Extended Universe thanks to Gotham City Sirens, Suicide Squad 2 and the newly-unveiled Joker and Harley Quinn spinoff movie. Yes, it seems Warner Bros. is going all in on their Harley Quinn, and we understand Robbie also holds a producer credit on the Gotham City Sirens ensemble film.
It’s still early, early days, but we’ll be keeping a close eye on the Hugh Hefner biopic as it begins to coalesce. For now, you can chime in with your own thoughts about Robbie’s potential casting via the comments section.