and Glenn Ficarra
‘s crime caper, Focus
has had its fair share of casting hiccups. After a long two-year search to find the right actors, Warner Bros can finally breathe easy now that production is moving toward a green light.
Originally scripted as a starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, but when the actors were unavailable, producers turned to Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart who also dropped out.
Will Smith signed up
to the male lead in April and Michelle Williams, Jessica Biel, Rose Byrne and Olivia Munn have all reportedly been screen tested for the part, but Margot Robbie
is expected to receive an official offer shortly.
Best known for the TV shows ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Pan A’, Robbie will join Smith in the story of a veteran con man who has a romantic fling with a young upstart, only to have their past get in the way years later during a job.
The Australian actress who will get her big break in upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street
is also among the stars in the running for Disney’s Cinderella
Additionally, Robbie has Richard Curtis’ time-travel romance About Time
and Suite Francaise
coming soon and there’s also crime thriller Violent Talent
in which she’ll be star opposite Garrett Hedlund as a gangster’s moll.