Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
It's Steve Carell Vs. Emma Stone In Battle Of The Sexes
They're on for the real-life tennis tale
Adrianne Palicki In Talks For Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin-off
Nick Blood is her likely co-star
Billy Zane Is Back Back Back For Zoolander 2
He's a cool dude!
The Lego Batman Movie Leaps Over Ninjago
The Dark Knight will hit cinemas first. Cue the theme!
Andy Samberg Voicing Storks
Kelsey Grammer also on board Warners' new 'toon
Promo For The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?
Exploring Tim Burton's most infamous 'What if?'
Nicole Perlman And Meg LeFauve In Talks to Write Captain Marvel
UPDATE: Marvel has made it official
Adam Scott Has A Sexy Sleepover In The Overnight Trailer
Pizza night turns into something more...
Joe Wright's Pan Is Flying To An Autumn Release
Warners is shifting the fantasy film's date
New Full-Length Jurassic World Trailer Arrives Online
A brave new world
Ian McKellen's Case Is Afoot In New Mr Holmes Trailer
Sloooofah!
First Look At John Michael McDonagh's War On Everyone
And Theo James joins the Calvary follow-up
New Poster For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's The Walk
Philippe Petit heads to place called vertigo
Star Wars: Rogue One Details Revealed
Film will show Rebel mission to steal the Death Star plans
Second Fantastic Four Trailer Leaps In
'You can't fix this...'
New Jurassic World Posters Arrive
Dino might
First Trailer For Star Wars Rebels Season 2
Vader gladiator
Lucas Till's Havok Returning For X-Men: Apocalypse
Hi, energy
Alan Rickman Finds The Limehouse Golem
He's aboard the murder mystery
Fast & Furious 7 Outpaces The US Box Office Again
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 segways into second
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
YESTERDAY
Andy Samberg Voicing Storks
Kelsey Grammer also on board Warners' new 'toon
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Still Alice (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Focus (2015)
Empire Star Rating
After Earth (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
Empire Star Rating
On The Road (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Will Smith Has Focus
But Kristen Stewart is out

18 April 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

submit to reddit

Will Smith

It’s all change yet again for con artist pic Focus. With Will Smith, who has been mulling the idea of taking the lead for a while, is now in final negotiations, Kristen Stewart has opted to drop out.

Variety reports that Smith has decided to take on the film, which follows an inexperienced female grifter teaming up with a more seasoned male con artist and forming a close partnership that ends up becoming romantic. But the trust issues between two people who lie for a living become too great and when they meet up again later, there are issues…

Crazy, Stupid, Love co-directors Glenn Ficarra and Jon Requa have been trying to lock in a cast for a while. The first thought was recruiting Crazy’s charm magnets Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but then talk turned to Ben Affleck as the male half of the duo with Stewart as the female lead.

Now Smith is all but locked in but Stewart is out (she apparently thinks the increased age difference is too great) so the hunt is back on for a new rookie con artist.

Warner Bros. wants this one moving soon, but it’ll have to wait until a name can be found to star alongside Smith. The actor, meanwhile, will next show up in After Earth, which is out on June 7 in the UK.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Clifton Collins Achieves Transcendence
Yet more cast for Wally Pfister's debut
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Your Comments

K-Stew
Kristen Stewart should drop out of everything. Also, yes, Matchstick Men was awesome... More

Posted by Madhava at 13:54 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post

it won't be as good as matchstick men
Nic Cage + Sam Rockwell + Alison Lohman = a minor classic More

Posted by Dr Science at 10:16 on 18 April 2013 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)