After originally being set to star Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart, the upcoming con drama Focus is back in gear with Will Smith and Australian actress Margot Robbie, and now the project has lured a third actor into the fold. Rodrigo Santoro, who is best known for playing Xerxes in Zack Snyder's 300, has come aboard the film and is now set to play one of the principal antagonists.
The cast of the crime drama Focus has been a revolving door for over a year now, but the spinning seems to have finally come to an end. Variety reports that newcomer Margot Robbie is in early talks to star opposite Will Smith in the film, from Crazy Stupid Love co-writers and co-directors John Requa and Glen Ficarra.
Nothing about that reads Will Smith, so let’s hope Warner Bros. is in the field of changing people’s minds with this one. Smith is still a probably a bigger financial draw in most kinds of films than either Gosling or Affleck, but this is the time for his acting skills to kick back in.
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.
Last month it seemed the unofficial black list of the actress—who may or may not star in the Snow White and Huntsman sequel—might be at an end as news hit that she was being considered to star opposite Ben Affleck in the crime flick Focus. Now, Stewart herself is confirming this casting news...
The upcoming con drama Focus tells the story of a veteran con-man who finds himself in a complicated situation when he becomes romantically entangled with a young female grifter. Their time together is messy and disastrous, and causes complications when they meet up again in the future.
For a while it looked as though directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa would be reteaming with their Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone for the upcoming con story Focus, but now that a few months have passed it looks as though the project is moving in a different direction.
Crazy, Stupid, Love Directors Hoping To Bring Back Ryan Gosling And Emma Stone For Their Next Film, Focus
While they may not have known the extent of it when it first happened, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa struck it big when they cast both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in their film Crazy, Stupid, Love. The two actors ended up having an incredible amount of success in 2011, both performing in three movies each and earning strong reviews for all of them.