Kristen Stewart Exits Focus, Will Smith In Talks For Lead Role

Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart are leaving the con business, but Will Smith might be stepping in.

According to Variety, “Focus,” the movie about a novice female con artist and a veteran older male con, has had yet another cast shakeup.

Ben first circled the project, where he would have co-starred with Kristen, but after he bowed out, Will reportedly began eyeing the project, causing the former “Twilight Saga” star to exit, as well.

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Kristen reportedly felt her and Will’s age difference was too drastic.

The project will be written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who helmed “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” The duo initially hoped to pair “Crazy” co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for the project, but Ryan’s schedule would not allow it.

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First up, Will is starring in “After Earth,” debuting on June 7 and Kristen’s “Snow White and The Hunstman” sequel is slated for 2015.

-- Jesse Spero

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