Brett Ratner is directing the biopic about the Playboy mogul and decided Downey Jr. would be a good choice to portray Hefner. He arranged for Downey Jr. to see Hefner and has revealed the meeting was a huge success. The pair met again at a premiere for Iron Man 2 last month and Hefner was overheard telling Downey Jr. he is his first choice for the project.
"I called Robert and we went to see him and sat down with him," Ratner told E! Online. "I think with the right script, Robert would do it. He would be great."
Ratner is now keen to move ahead with the film but is having trouble deciding what to include in the script because 84-year-old Hefner has had such an exciting life.
Rather than trying to cover everything, it is believed the biopic will focus on the time when Hefner began building up his Playboy empire and the impact it had on the sexual revolution in the 70s.
"It`s taken me three years just to get something that I think I can actually turn into a movie," Ratner explained. "We`re working on it. It`s just so hard because HughHefner`s life - how do you put it into two hours?"