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.
Deadline, which first reported the rumor about Gosling and Stone in April, says that they are now in negotiations with Ben Affleck for the lead male role. It's a situation that makes sense, as the movie is being made by Warner Bros. and they have had a great relationship with Affleck as a director, most recently working with him on the highly-buzzed historical drama Argo. The site describes the two sides in "early talks," however, so nothing is set in stone just yet.
Ficarra and Requa also wrote the script, which follows a long-time con man who finds himself entangled romantically with a young female grifter. Because of their shared business the relationship is messy and disastrous, and the "complications of the encounter haunt them when they meet up again in the future." The source says that the idea of having Gosling and Stone co-star in the movie fell apart in the early stages, and that they have begun searching for a female actress that can potentially star opposite Affleck.
Affleck's Argo - which is an absolutely stunning piece of cinema - opens this Friday. He also recently completed work on the thriller Runner, Runner, which is directed by Brad Furman and co-stars Gemma Arterton, Justin Timberlake, and Anthony Mackie.
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