The upcoming con man flick "Focus," from the directors of "Crazy, Stupid, Love," has encountered some musical chairs-style switcheroos along the way.
Writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa initially wanted "Crazy" stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to topline their latest rom-com, but when that didn't work out, Ben Affleck signed on. Somewhere along the way, Kristen Stewart joined to play his protegee/love interest, only to drop out after Will Smith replaced Affleck, reportedly because of her and Smith's 21-year age gap. (Affleck's 40, Smith's 44, and Stewart's 23.)
According to Variety, Margot Robbie, who is also 23, is currently the first choice for Smith's leading lady, over bigger names like Olivia Munn, Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel, and Rose Byrne.
The young Australian actress's career is heating up right now: She's appearing in the upcoming time travel romance "About Time," Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," and the World War II drama "Suite Française," out in 2014.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's previous work on films like "Bad Santa" and "I Love You, Phillip Morris" makes us wonder if "Focus" will be the bitingly funny movie that Smith could use at this point in his career. The charming multihyphenate struck out with "After Earth" and didn't make many waves with "Men in Black 3," but maybe "Focus" will bring the actor back into, well, focus.