Will Smith joins upcoming film ‘Focus,’ Kristen Stewart exits the project

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Kristen Stewart signed on earlier this year to star in the film Focus with Ben Affleck. Soon after, Affleck exited the film. Now it is reported that Will Smith will fill Affleck’s role and that Stewart has left the project. From Variety:

Will Smith may have found his next project — he is in final talks to star in the Warner Bros. con artist pic “Focus.”

Kristen Stewart was attached to also star in the pic but when Smith became engaged in the project, Stewart fell off with the feeling that the age difference between the two would be too large a gap.

Smith had been weighing the film for some time and has committed to joining it.

Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who helmed “Crazy, Stupid, Love” for the studio, the story follows an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one. Denise DiNovi will produce.