Dec 8, 2012
Kristen Stewart has told HuffPost Entertainment that she will indeed star opposite Ben Affleck in a comedy titled “Focus.”
“I can confirm that rumor,” she said, referring to Internet reports that began surfacing last month. “It’s a comedy. I’m really excited about it. We start shooting in April.”
On November 2, Deadline Hollywood reported that Stewart had entered talks to appear in the Warner Bros. production as “an inexperienced con artist who hooks up with the more seasoned Affleck.” According to the report, the film will be written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who previously teamed up on “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Subsequent reports claimed that the role would call on Stewart, 22, to shoot some “passionate” love scenes with Affleck, 40. Affleck was also quoted saying that he hoped Stewart would take the role because she’s “terrific.” • Read full story »
Nov 2, 2012
Warner Bros. has brought its female lead into “Focus,” as Kristen Stewart is in talks to co-star with Ben Affleck in the con artist movie that “Crazy Stupid Love” helmers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will direct from their own script.
Denise DiNovi will produce the story of a veteran grifter who partners with a girl who’s new to the life.
Warners has been looking to launch this project for some time, eyeballing Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to reteam with their “Crazy Stupid Love” helmers. When those plans fell through, the studio moved quickly, grabbing Affleck as he was deciding on his follow up to “Argo.”
With “Snow White and the Huntsman” hitting at the global box office, “The Twilight Saga” franchise coming to an end and “On the Road” opening in December, Stewart picked a high-profile time to decide what she would do next.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2″ opens Nov. 16.
Stewart is repped by Gersh.