Will Smith Comes Into “Focus”

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

Will Smith will try to con you in "Focus."

The extremely choosy Will Smith may have chosen something–according to Variety, Smith is in talks to star in “Focus,” the next project from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the team behind “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

“Focus” is about an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male one. Originally the plan had been to reteam Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, who had worked well in “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” but they couldn’t get their schedules worked out. Ben Affleck was very close to signing on as the male lead, with Kristen Stewart attached to play the female role. Affleck dropped out due to commitments to other projects.

Now this is interesting–Variety says Stewart dropped out when talks became serious with Smith, because she felt the age difference between her and Smith was too big. It’s interesting because Affleck is only four years younger than Smith, and he apparently wasn’t a problem. So a forty year old love interest was okay, but a 44 year old wasn’t? Wow, that’s…very finicky. If that’s just a cover excuse from Stewart’s people for another reason (is it the Scientology?), they did a really bad job.

Smith will next be seen in M. Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth,” which has all the signs of one of those “does nothing in the US, is a huge hit internationally” movies. He’s been working on “Winter’s Tale,” Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel that also stars Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, and Jessica Browne Findlay.

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