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Ben Affleck Gets Out Of 'Focus' With Kristen Stewart, Eyeing Senate Run?

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist December 19, 2012 at 2:07PM

With an Oscar-contending feature film making the rounds with "Argo," the press obligations that come with it, not to mention the many projects vying for his attention as an actor and director that are too numerous to name here, Ben Affleck is busy. And dude has got to sleep sometime, and it looks like he's taking one project off his plate.
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Ben Affleck

With an Oscar-contending feature film making the rounds with "Argo," the press obligations that come with it, not to mention the many projects vying for his attention as an actor and director that are too numerous to name here, Ben Affleck is busy. And dude has got to sleep sometime, and it looks like he's taking one project off his plate.

Affleck has taken himself out of "Focus," the heist romance/comedy picture that he would've co-starred in with Kristen Stewart. The Warner Bros. movie tells the story of a veteran con-man (the role Affleck would have played) who becomes romantically involved with a newcomer (Stewart) and finds the relationship challenged by their illegal activities. When they meet again down the line, the complications have long-lasting effects. "Crazy, Stupid, Love." team Glenn Ficarra and John Requa wrote the script and will direct, and the studio wanted to get this one going soon, so presumbly they'll trying to find a replacement fast.

So what will Affleck be doing next? Well, if political rumors pan out, he could he headed to Washington D.C. With John Kerry likely to be named Secretary Of State, replacing Hillary Clinton, CBS Boston is hearing that Affleck's name is being tossed around to replace Kerry's Senate seat. Of course, it's merely rumor for now, and certainly Democrats would love someone high profile like Affleck to give them some shine, but we'll have to see if the actor will make the step toward politics. Somehow, we doubt it. He's at the point where he could do anything, and we don't see Affleck taking himself out of the game at the prime of his career. But it's worth mentioning.

But for now, WB will have to find someone else for Stewart to grift with. Suggestions?

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