Ben Affleck drops out of new Kristen Stewart movie about con artists

He was apparently keen to make the movie, but his post-'Argo' schedule is too busy

Ben Affleck will no longer be appearing in Focus with Kristen Stewart.

The actor was due to star as a veteran grifter who recruits Stewart’s inexperienced newbie to be his partner in crime. However, his busy schedule has forced him to pull out.

According to Variety, Affleck was keen to make the movie, but proved unable to commit to the April 2013 start date. Warner Bros is now looking for a new male lead for the film, which Crazy Stupid Love duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are set to direct from their own script.

Affleck is increasingly in demand following the success of this year’s Argo, which he directed and starred in. The film has recently been nominated for five Golden Globe awards, including best picture – drama and best director for Affleck.

He is now set to write, direct and star in Live By Night, a big screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s acclaimed crime novel. He will also appear in To The Wonder, the new film from Terrence Malick, which opens in the UK on February 22, 2013.