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Thursday 18 September 2014

Will Smith movie focuses on Robbie

Margot Robbie will star with Will Smith in Focus

Margot Robbie is in talks to star opposite Will Smith in con-man movie Focus.

According to Variety, producers have called off the search for their leading lady after beginning negotiations with the Australian actress, who will get her big break in upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf Of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio.

Written and directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love filmmakers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the film is about a novice female con artist who teams up with a much more experience con man.

The original plan was for Crazy, Stupid, Love stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone to star, but their scheduling could not be worked out, and it has been a long two-year search since.

Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne and Olivia Munn have all reportedly been screen tested for the part, before it was whittled down to Margot and Olivia.

Warner Bros are thought to have approached big name stars including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart for the project. And after Will Smith signed up to the male lead, they had to find the right actress to work opposite him.

Former Neighbours star Margot has been taking her time to choose her next big project after The Wolf Of Wall Street. She was among the stars in the running for Disney's Cinderella.

Margot can also be seen later this year in Richard Curtis' About Time.

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