'Wedding Crashers' Director David Dobkin to Helm Hugh Hefner Biopic

December 19, 2013
Source: Variety

Hugh Hefner

After sending Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to crash some weddings and forcing Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds to switch bodies (and don't forget about Fred Claus since it's Christmas time), director David Dobkin is getting into serious territory with The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. And it seems like he's going to stay in that arena for a little while longer because Variety has word that Dobkin is going to direct the gestating biopic on Playboy founder Hugh Hefner that is currently set up at Warner Bros. with Ocean's Eleven franchise producer Jerry Weintraub still on board the untitled project. Read on!

This should be quite the sterling biopic because Rush and Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan will script the film. We're not sure just how much of Hefner's life will be covered (the later years get boring and stupid with reality show prospects and Viagara necessities), but there's surely a great biopic in there. The question is who will play the mogul? Names like Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman have come and gone, and while we still think Field of Dreams patriarch Dwier Brown is a dead wringer for Hef, he's just too old now. James Franco just played him in Lovelace, so that's out. How about Andrew Garfield? Any other ideas?

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its about much more than looking like hefner. just look at emile hirsch playing belushi. shouldn't rely on looks to play a role, should rely on the transformation and dwier brown cant hack it.

Alex Williams on Dec 19, 2013


Id be more interested in a biopic about the skeletons in his closet. Otherwise its about Hugh Hefner growing up in Chicago, he worked at Esquire magazine, had a vision to put naked women in a magazine, making it rich.........Bo - F***ing - ring!

Such heroic nonsense on Dec 19, 2013


what about john hamm or michael fassbender? i think either of them would be a spectacular choice to do hef's early years. they not only have the look, but the acting talent to pull it off too.

felty on Dec 20, 2013


It's over 40 years since I was Bunny Deana at the London Playboy Club, and yet here we are still headlining the comings and goings of Hugh Hefner. It just goes to show what a great idea Playboy was. If anyone is interested, I have a collection of original (and now historic!) photographs online (including several of me with Hefner) at Bunny Deana Photo Album, illustrating what I think was the golden age of classic Playboy.

Bunny Deana on Dec 20, 2013


Biopics are lameeee

DavideCoppola on Dec 20, 2013

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