Ben Affleck Gets Out of ‘Focus’ With Kristen Stewart, Blames Hectic Schedule

Out of focus, indeed.

Less than a week after confirming his involvement, Kristen Stewart has lost her leading man, Ben Affleck, in their upcoming film, Focus. The actor reportedly dropped out due to his busy schedule.

Affleck “very much wanted to do the film, the timing just couldn’t be worked out,” per Variety.

Per Deadline, the Argo actor, 40, was originally cast to play Stewart’s love interest in the sexy comedy, about a veteran con artist who enlists the help of an inexperienced ingenue (Stewart). Other reports stated that the pair would film “passionate” love scenes.

Before signing off, Affleck expressed his excitement over the project, even calling 22-year-old Stewart “terrific.”

With the award-season buzz surrounding Argo, Affleck still has reason to celebrate. The political drama garnered five nominations at the 2013 Golden Globes (Jan. 13), including Best Picture and Best Director nods, and is already speculated to lead the way at next year’s Academy Awards.

As for Stewart? She’s currently promoting On the Road (also starring Garrett Hedlund and Kirsten Dunst), and is rumored to be starring in the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.

Who should star as Kristen’s next leading man? Sound off in the comments!

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