Shifting Gears, “Twilight” Star Kristen Stewart Puts Her Comedy Career on Hold, Signs Up for “Snow White” Sequel

As often happens in Hollywood, there appears to be some flip-flopping going on around the Warner Bros. project “Focus,” and as the saying goes “out with the old, in with the new,” while it seems to have lost one star, reports say it’s gained another. The con artist story from “Crazy, Stupid, Love” directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa had fallen victim to the age-old excuse of “scheduling conflicts” in the past when it lost leading man Ben Affleck a few months ago, but now it’s coping with the loss of its young muse, “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart.

According to Variety, the film recently signed on box-office heavy-hitter Will Smith to replace Affleck, and the 23-year-old actress dropped out, despite previous enthusiasm for the comedic role, due to issues over the age difference between their two characters (apparently romance ensues in the crime caper).

Even though it’s looking like Stewart won’t be dusting off her comedic chops just yet, she’ll be keeping busy as the news also broke that she has signed on for the “Snow White and the Huntsman” sequel. Whether the sequel would even get made, and if the original cast would return, has long been in question primarily due to the scandal that followed the film involving Stewart’s affair with her married “Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders. So while the film was a reasonable hit, many wondered if it would be able to continue past the negative publicity it garnered. Well, worry no more, K. Stew fans, as Universal Pictures finally confirmed she’ll play Snow once more.

As for “Focus,” while the film has experienced some pitfalls along the way, the casting of Smith could be the golden ticket to getting this film fast-tracked. Smith has primarily been sticking with action ventures and franchises, like “Men in Black III,” so it’s refreshing to see him taking on a role decidedly different, a sentiment the actor also seemingly shared as Variety reports “he was looking for something new and original.” Plus, we all know the Fresh Prince is capable of comedy. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one as it develops!

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