Focus: Could Will Smith Take A Role Originally Written For Ryan Gosling?
As Kristen Stewart exits 'Focus,' Will Smith is in talks to play the male lead.
Kristen Stewart is no longer attached to Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's romantic-drama 'Focus' about a con-man who becomes romantically involved with a novice before being thrown off his game when a former flame shows up as he's staging an elaborate con in Argentina. It's been a long old road for the Crazy, Stupid, Love helmers to get 'Focus' into pre-production, and things don't appear to be getting any easier.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Requa and Ficarra wrote the script with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in mind, but when the actors were unavailable, they moved for Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart. The 'Argo' director dropped out in December, prompting a new search for a lead man, while Stewart also walked away from the project in recent weeks.
However, things may be about to turn around for the movie, with Will Smith now in talks to take the male lead. It appears to be a strange casting, given the role was written for Ryan Gosling and offered to Affleck, though it would almost certainly be good for business. If the deal comes off, it would be Smith's first movie project with Warner Bros since 2007's I Am Legend.
The studio has courted him on several projects, including an adaptation of DC Comics' anti-hero space bounty hunter comic, Lobo.
Will Smith turned down the role of Django in Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-nominated 'Django Unchained,' before Jamie Foxx landed the part. He is currently shooting the fantasy movie 'Winter's Tale' with Russell Crowe.
Kristen Stewart [L] Has Left 'Focus' While Ryan Gosling [R] Seemingly Never Entertained The Idea, Despite The Male Lead Being Writen For Him.