Focus (2015 film)

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Directed by Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Produced by Denise Di Novi
Written by Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Starring Will Smith
Margot Robbie
Rodrigo Santoro
Music by Nick Urata
Cinematography Xavier Pérez Grobet
Edited by Jan Kovac
Zaftig Films
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • February 27, 2015 (2015-02-27)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million[1]

Focus is an upcoming American romantic comedy-drama film. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa directed the film from a script they co-wrote. Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Rodrigo Santoro are the lead stars of the film. The film will be released on February 27, 2015.[2]


Nicky Spurgeon is a seasoned con-man, who becomes romantically involved with a young attractive woman, while introducing her to the tricks of his con man trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires — as opposing sides of the same scam; a billionaire international race car owner. In the midst of Nicky's latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop...and the consummate con man off his game.



Earlier iterations of the project were planning to feature the pairings of both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who had worked together on Crazy, Stupid, Love in the leading roles. After Gosling dropped out, the role was offered to Brad Pitt but he declined and Ben Affleck, who dropped out citing "scheduling conflicts". Kristen Stewart was also cast to starred in the film but later dropped out because of age difference between her and Will Smith. She was also accused of being a racist by some sources because of this while others dismissed it citing it was a personal choice.[3][4][5] Apollo Robins served as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleight-of-hand maneuvers. Bringing his unique expertise to the film. Directors Ficarra and Requa stated, “Apollo is the foremost expert in his field and is an inspiration to us.” The directing duo and production designer Beth Mickle made a scouting trip to Buenos Aires in June and a second trip with producers Denise Di Novi and Mark Scoon, in which they finally settled to shoot in the neighborhoods of San Telmo, Puerto Madero, Barracas, Recoleta and Palermo, as well as Ezeiza Airport and a few hotels.[6] Post-production specialist Neil Smith alluded to the film being edited in Final Cut Pro X in a December 2013 presentation. This would make Focus the largest production yet completed in Apple's editing program.[7]


The filming of Focus began on September 12, 2013 in New Orleans, and moved over to Buenos Aires on November 17, 2013[8] for three weeks. The last day of shooting in Argentina was on December 10.[9] Filming wrapped in New York City on December 17, 2013.[10]


Warner Bros. has set the film for a February 27, 2015 release.[2]


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