Ben Affleck Drops Out Of Focus
Not only has Ben Affleck directed three straight great movies, two of them have actually been financial hits. Gone Baby Gone managed to make only $20 million during its run, but both The Town and Argo were huge hits, pulling in more than $90 million each (the latter managing to cross the century mark). After a long down period Affleck has found himself to be once again one of the most sought-after talents in Hollywood - but sadly that's going to mean scheduling conflicts.
According to Variety, Affleck's increasingly hectic schedule has forced him to drop out of the new con drama Focus, in which he was set to star with Twilight's Kristen Stewart. The trade says that Affleck is more focused on his work as a writer/director right now, and in that area his dance card is full. In addtion to Live By Night, his upcoming Dennis Lehane adaptation that will be his next directorial effort, he is also still hard at work on a feature version of Stephen King's The Stand as well as a movie about infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger.
Focus, which is being both written and directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love's Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, tells the story of a veteran con man (who would have been played by Affleck) who meets and begins working with a young woman new to the game (Stewart). Warner Bros. is now on the hunt for a new actor to play the lead so that they can keep to their scheduled Spring 2013 start date for production.
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