THE NEWS BUNDLE: Kristen Stewart In Talks To Join 'Focus' As Female Lead Opposite Ben Affleck


Though there's been plenty of Oscar talk so far, Ben Affleck's Argo is guaranteed a spot in the Best Picture Slot, while Affleck himself will likely be nabbing a director nod while the acting remains to certainly be seen among other heavy contenders. However for his next project, Affleck will only be standing in front of the camera this time around in Focus but set to find his next directorial effort soon enough. Until then, Warner Brothers is keeping him busy and may have just found his female lead who is looking to kick off her post-Twilight career in a positive direction.

Variety reports that Kristen Stewart has entered talks to join Focus as the leading lady opposite Affleck. She's not confirmed just yet, but if so the two would be stepping in after the project originally aimed to reunite Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in both roles.

Crazy Stupid Love directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa will helm and penned the script, which follows "a veteran grifter (Affleck) who partners with a girl (Stewart) who's new to the life". There's no word on a production start, but it's aiming for Early 2013 with no supporting characters yet cast.

Stewart closes out her breakout and half-decade long role as main character Bella in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 later this month, while her career continues on a more mature front as she stars as the female lead in the adaptation of the classic Jack Kerouac novel On the Road in December. Rumors have persist that she could appear in the planned follow-up to Snow White and The Huntsman that is said to revolve around Chris Hemsworth's titular character, but given a very public scandal this past summer involving departing director Rupert Sanders plans for the second installment are currently uncertain.

We'll bring you more information on additional plot details, casting and release information as the project develops.

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