By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 2, 2012 at 11:08PM
With Kristen Stewart seemingly back with Robert Pattinson and the so-called scandal from this summer behind her, the actress is getting ready to get back in the game. She's on the press trail for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2," and her junket tour will likely continue for "On the Road" next month. And with Volturi now in the rearview, she's looking at her post-Bella career, and this is a pretty good choice.
Stewart is in talks to join Ben Affleck in "Focus." Originally set up as a vehicle for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the Warner Bros. movie tells the story of a veteran con-man (Affleck) 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 is said to want to get this going soon. But we'd reckon it'll have to wait until after the awards season, or perhaps manuever between the press commitments for both Affleck and Stewart.
It's not exactly a pairing we would have expected, but we kind of dig it. Stewart has shown she's got actual chops beyond the 'Twilight' series, and the concept and character sound like a fresh direction for the actress. As for Affleck, it's likely something a bit more fun to do after the more serious "Argo," and he certainly won't be saddled with the responsibilities that come with directing. So we'll been curious to see how these two bounce off each other and how the material shakes out. [Deadline]