Ben Affleck Drops Out Of His Upcoming Movie With Kristen Stewart


A while back we reported that Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart would be possible co-stars in the upcoming movie FocusAffleck was allegedly, already signed on to play ‘a seasoned grifter who teams up with and teaches a rookie girl, to be played by Stewart.’ And then they were supposed to fall in lurve and all that good stuff. Kristen Stewart had not been confirmed yet, but word on the street is that once she did confirm, Ben dropped out. Hmmmmm… deets inside!

Entertainment Weekly has the story:

Looks like we won’t be seeing any steamy love scenes between Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart after all.

Weeks after the ex-Twilight star signed on to star in Warner Bros.’s Focus — the story of an experienced con artist who teaches a young female protegee the tricks of the trade — her co-star Ben Affleck has dropped out of the film.

Affleck’s rep confirms to EW that scheduling conflicts were the culprit. Between his next directing projects (including the thriller Tell No One and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’sLive By Night) and awards season promotion for Argo, the Oscar winner simply couldn’t find time to focus on the grifter comedy.

Focus is currently scheduled to begin filming in April.

I mean, here’s the thing. Ben is hella busy what with Argo and a possible Senate run, and these kinds of things (scheduling conflicts) happen all the time. Why, just the other day my best friend came into town and I was supposed to take my son to a birthday party and it was this whooole big thing… lol. Totally related to Ben Affleck’s conundrum, right?

Okay, all jokes aside I’m sure there’s no drama surrounding this decision… although others have joked that Ben jumped ship as soon as Kristen signed on, in an effort to save his career. But I don’t know about all that. What do ya’ll think?

BTW, Jonovan made it to that birthday party. His Dad took him. Just wanted to let y’all know, because you were probably wondering about that. It all worked out :)


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  • miguel

    Jen Garner probs didn’t want K. Stew possibly stealing ha man!

    • Shannon

      miguel, LMAO. I didn’t wanna be the one to say it but yeah– if I were Jen I woulda been like OhHellNawllll. Insert “scheduling conflict.” ;)

    • JeniLeeSK8

      LOL. i dont think Jen would have ANYTHING to worry about. thats like comparing sam adams to bud light.

  • Shivers

    I don’t see what all the hoopla is about Kristen! I think she’s a terrible actress and seeing her interviews (most recently with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show) she seems completely apathetic and uninterested in life in general. Good on Ben! And Jen is a way better catch anyway ;-)

  • Joan

    The thought of ever watching Kristen Stewart on a rom com scares me to death. I wish I was kidding. It does. lol Also, I’m fairly sure that the main reason she even considered it was because of Ben Affleck? (Unless the gossip about her having trouble getting roles after Ruper-gate is true?) Anyway, I wouldn’t pay to see this either way.

  • Jane

    I would watch the film because of Kristen. I think Ben Affleck sucks.