Will Smith steps into 'Focus' as K. Stew drops out
April 18th, 2013
11:57 AM ET

Will Smith steps into 'Focus' as K. Stew drops out

The upcoming con artist comedy "Focus" appears to have changed its casting plans once again.

According to Variety, Will Smith is in talks to play the film's lead hustler, a role that was once filled by Ben Affleck.

Back in December, Affleck was set to portray the more experienced swindler who takes a newbie con artist under his wing. At the time, Kristen Stewart was set to play the young, inexperienced grifter, but she's apparently no longer attached to the movie, either.

Affleck, who seemed excited about teaming up with Stewart, soon dropped out of the role because of his hectic schedule. With Smith being eyed as the replacement lead, Stewart reportedly parted ways with the film thinking their age difference would be "too large a gap." (Smith will turn 45 this fall, and the "Twilight Saga" star has just turned 23. Affleck, meanwhile, is approaching his 41st birthday.)

Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa ("Crazy, Stupid, Love."), "Focus" was previously aiming to begin filming this month.


Filed under: Ben Affleck • Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • Kristen Stewart • movies • Will Smith

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  1. This guy...

    is about 7 feet tall...he's huge!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 5, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Fun Day Mishy!!!!

    Cannot believe he is now 45....he is still that silly fresh prince of bel air to me also!!!!!!

    May 5, 2013 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Will yay!!!!

    Will yay!!!!

    met him at a men in black premiere in los angeles......he's very funny and i told him even though he is 40 years old he still reminds me of that little fresh kid from the prince of bel air......he laughed and said "i am still that kid"!!!!!!!!!! his wife was also friendly when my cousin who interviewed her ...... best of luck to this couple and the family

    May 5, 2013 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Will yay!!!!

    met him at a men in black premiere in los angeles......he's very funny and i told him even though he is 40 years old he still reminds me of that little fresh kid from the prince of bel air......he laughed and said "i am still that kid"!!!!!!!!!! his wife was also friend my cousin who interviewed her ...... best of luck to this couple and the family

    May 5, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Oprah

    Will and his wife and pets (I think they are kids?) make me want to drop a dump.

    May 5, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Willis

    Will Smith is 45? Jeeeez, the man looks like his 23! I wonder if he found the fountain of youth!

    May 3, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. ccreese

    He looks like him.

    May 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gah

    who knows why she dropped out, maybe she only wanted to work with affleck, but maybe now they could get a more convincing actress for the part. the more intelligent you are off the set the better you can play a character smart enough to con other people. she's probably very intelligent (not knowing her, i don't know for sure), but i just don't see much depth in her to believe she's smart enough to outwit me or anyone with money to be conned out of. natalie portman is wicked smart and has way more acting chops

    April 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. offered a position by johnnie kokerun's son.

    thanks

    April 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Kinda funny that she use the age excuse, considering she had a real life affair with a guy who's like 42.
    So I guess ages really doesn't matter to her. Or maybe the problem is that she think history would repeat itself. ;)

    April 28, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sean

    Will smith just made this movie better, got rid of two people who suck, vomit daredevil

    April 26, 2013 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. Menicy

    So... she didn't want to do the part because Will is too old (and yet looks like he is in his 30's). But she didn't mind Ben who is only a couple years younger then Will...? right.... She is a BS artist.. not an actress

    April 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George Bush

    Will Smith packs John Travolta's fudge

    April 25, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. This is fun...

    Will wanted her dropped. She is a loser....a terrible actress....can't groom herself to save her life. Hey Kristen...hold on to your boyfriend as tight as you can, he's your only saving grace.

    April 25, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Just informed u are watching me right now.

    ho

    April 22, 2013 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Prettypiper

      Like....She needs to continue to thank God for Twilight Saga, otherwise, her future would be completely over. Now, that she's saying there's a age Gap....it's a Gap , but sure isn't due to age, it's due to inexperience. Who turns down a acting gig next to a Mega Box office star? An inexperience, wanna be star. I'm pretty sure her career will go no where outside of Twilight, she is twilight. Snooze

      April 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • whoa--like take it easy

      its not the age gap, its a small gap- tell dummie that the last call was fake...

      April 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  16. mukazzi

    Race has nothing to do with this (and no one has any proof of infidelity -other than choosing to believe unproven half-truths, mistruths, UNtruths that could pass as hemmoroid wipes). Instead, THINK about her reasoning for an "age gap" and have her explain her affair with that director. Seriously, there is something "lost" in her eyes that doesn't give me a good feeling about her being able to survive this business.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  17. Don't worry about rocky's age...he bashed the black guys head in

    -

    April 22, 2013 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. I love black people...they are so cool

    -

    April 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Meh

    The story has Will Smith in it...BORING

    April 19, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. Higher Ups

    She is a dud in the industry and not in demand

    April 19, 2013 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  21. Oh please

    Kristen Stewart is an absolutely horrible actress. The fact that she dropped out has just made this a movie I might be able to watch! She stunk up snow white and the huntsman!

    April 19, 2013 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  22. Andie

    Like anyone cares for another Kristin Stewart movie

    April 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. El Disgusto

    Naw, she probably didn't want to get caught up another scandalous affair, since Will Smith is known to be kind of a skirt-chaser.

    April 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitt Zombie

      LOL will is gay. His wife is gay, and his scientologist pals are mostly gay.

      April 19, 2013 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Sokman

    Let the "Kristin Stewart is racist" comments begin..

    April 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Scarecrow

      crickets....crickets......crickets.... disappointed, stupid sokman? You thought it, so obviously you think so.

      April 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winfrey

      @Sokman, apparently, YOU felt her comment was a trigger. Is she a racist Sokman? IS she.....???

      April 19, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ccnc

      I'm sure a lot of us thinking it.

      May 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |

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