Will Smith Replaces Ben Affleck in 'Focus' as Kristen Stewart Leaves

April 17, 2013
Source: THR

Will Smith

After Ben Affleck became attached to Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's heist film Focus with Kristen Stewart, he sadly had to drop out because of scheduling for his directorial effort Live By Night, based on Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. But now the writing and directing duo behind Crazy Stupid Love may have lucked out by getting an arguably bigger name that might mean more success at the box office. THR has word that superstar Will Smith is now in talks to start in the film about a veteran conman (Smith) who gets involved with a newcomer to the grifter business and they end up getting a little romantic.

However, things get complicated since they both lie, cheat and steal for a living. Going their separate ways, things get even more interesting when they run into each other again, their romantic past haunting their every turn, as Smith is prepping an elaborate con in Bueno Aires. I like the idea of Smith doing a film with Ficarra and Requa, I don't like the idea of Stewart being the female lead opposite Smith, so it's good that she's now dropped out. Frankly, I don't think she's charismatic or talented enough to play a female lead that would get the attention of someone like Smith. Plus, she just seems far too young for a role like this. So who can step up into the role now? Maybe someone like Rachel McAdams? Thoughts?

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truong18 on Apr 17, 2013


she's not available. she's staying home with me.

Maverick Pete on Apr 17, 2013


Yeah, in your dreams.

Nielsen700 on Apr 17, 2013


I bet it is a Latina.

paranam on Apr 17, 2013


Exactly, smfh!!

What! on Apr 18, 2013


It would be incredible if they actually cast an African-American female opposite of Will Smith. Hollywood would be too afraid that it would then be considered a "black" film. As if "Tyler Perry presents" should be in front of it.

mooreworthy on Apr 18, 2013


they are shooting in buenos aires too? hope they do.

Nicolas Dalli Bortolot on Apr 17, 2013


Any movie with big Willie in it is a movie I'm going to see.

ali3000 on Apr 17, 2013


they'd dare to put a white woman screwing a ni--you know,one of them? Hell I will DIE before I see that crap!

Darius Jackson on Apr 24, 2013


Don't get excited all the black guys. This could be an Oscar nomination and win for Smith. He never did a role where he was romanticly involved with anyone. The closest to that was in Hancock and we know that they barely even kissed. Now,bring Oscar winner Charlize back and let them show to us how dedicated to their craft they are by being proper like in Blue valentine. No latina as a leading lady,she should be white Michelle Williams would do fine too If Charlize is not available,I can see Rachel Adams

Interracial love on Apr 18, 2013

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