The film was written and directed by “Crazy, Stupid, Love” filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Will Smith and Margot Robbie play a high-risk con game in the first trailer for grifter romance “Focus.”
“Crazy, Stupid, Love” filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra wrote and directed the film, about veteran con man Nicky (Smith), whose world is turned upside down when he takes Robbie’s character Jess, a rising star in the game, under his wing.
The two go their separate ways but collide again years later when Jess has come into her own as a femme fatale, threatening one of the biggest cons of Nicky’s career.
Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart were previously attached to an earlier incarnation of the project, which was originally set up as a potential starring vehicle for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Denise Di Novi produced the movie.
“Focus” will be released on Feb. 27, 2015.
To many Margot Robbie would be considered one of the most beautiful women in the world.
So if a romantic quote posted to her Instagram account on Thursday is anything to go by, her boyfriend Tom Ackerley is one lucky guy.
The 24-year-old Australian actress shared some heartfelt words amongst vintage-esque photographs.
Unclear whether the message is targeted at a special someone, or if the Wolf Of Wall Street star is just a fan of the romantic words, her followers certainly liked the post.
Giving her beau something to think about, one fan commented: ‘What happens when the girl that makes the world most beautiful is also the most beautiful girl?’
Spotted in a passionate embrace back in August, Aussie beauty Margot and Ackerley have kept their relationship relatively private.
The actress is yet to post a shot of her beau on social media, while Tom has only shared pictures of himself with the actress surrounded by friends.
Focus Movie Release Date, Reveals, Rumors, Reviews and Updates: Will Smith and Margot Robbie to Star in Upcoming Romantic Comedy
It has been a long time since we saw Will Smith in a movie that we actually liked and enjoyed; when I say this I am assuming we all thought After Earth was a horrible movie. Anyway Mr. Smith is coming back to our screens in the movie Focus set to be released on February 27th 2015. The flick which is produced by Zaftig Pictures and costs just 100 million dollars is directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa. Mr. Ficarra is one of the founders of Zaftig films so he really has a lot of eggs in this basket. The movie does not have a whole lot of names attached to it and as at now we do not know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Mr. Smith I actually the only person of note on the project and if it weren’t for Warner Brothers it would almost qualify as an indie film.
The movie is set to be a romantic comedy drama about a seasoned con man that gets himself romantically involved with a woman whom he introduces to his illustrious trade. The two find themselves falling in love and our protagonist feeling that this may be a liability cuts all ties with this woman, he just walks away. Fast forward to three years later and she shows up again with a child. She is trying to run a con on our protagonist’s mark which catches him unawares and throws him off his game.
Filming for the movie wrapped in December of 2013 and considering the release date we wonder how much post production work is really needed, we would expect a mid to late 2014 release date. Will Smith was not the first option for this movie, the role was offered to Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck all of whom turned it down for various reasons. The role for the female role was also first offered to Emma Stone and Kristen Stewart who also both declined for some reason or other before it was offered to Margot Robbie.
WHILE social media has had a huge impact on the wider world, the very public way of sharing your life isn’t for Margot Robbie.
The celebrated actor is arguably a star on the rise, with back-to-back films following her breakout role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
But with that fame, comes increased interest online, especially through social media.
“For some people, it (social media) definitely opens a lot of doors, but for me personally, I don’t like it and it is my least favourite aspect of the job,” Robbie told Insider.
“Unfortunately that’s the way it is and you’ve got to take it on the chin and focus on the important things, which to me is the work.”
“Obviously social media has had a massive impact on the fame game, but not in a positive way. But it can be for some.
“There are those who build careers and companies just out of being popular on Instagram, but there’s nothing behind them,” she says.
Actress Margot Robbie has had the opportunity to work with the best in the business after starring with seasoned actor Leonardo DiCaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street, directed by the iconic Martin Scorsese.
But the the 24-year-old star, whose big break came when she scored the role of Donna on Australian soap Neighbours, says she has the lessons she learned at Ramsay street to thank for her bi-screen success.
In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, the A-list star cited working on Neighbours as her biggest learning curve so far, calling her time on the show ‘valuable’ and acknowledging how much the series helped her as a professional.
‘Probably the most valuable knowledge I’ve acquired in the industry so far was on Neighbours,’ said the blonde beauty.
‘It is so fast paced that there is not really any room for error and it turns you into a very efficient person when it comes to being on set.’
The Queensland-born star played Donna Freedman on the long running series from 2008 to 2011, working alongside fellow Aussie stars Caitlin Stasey and Dean Geyer, and earning two Logie Award nominations for her portrayal of the lovable girl-next-door character.
But after featuring in hundreds of episodes, the starlet decided to leave the production, packing her bags and moving to America.
Anthony LaPaglia and the late Greg Coote also will be recognized Oct. 26 in Los Angeles
The Australians in Film will honor Margot Robbie, Brenton Thwaites, Anthony LaPaglia and the late Dune Entertainment Chairman Greg Coote at its annual gala in Los Angeles on Oct. 26. recognizing contributions to the Australian screen industry.
The AiF breakthrough awards will be presented to Robbie (“Wolf of Wall Street”) and Thwaites (“The Giver”). Robbie will be seen in the upcoming “Focus,” alongside Will Smith, and in Warner Bros.’ “Tarzan.” Thwaites has been cast in a leading role in “Gods of Egypt,” which also stars Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
“We are eagerly waiting to see what lies ahead for our AiF Breakthrough Award winners Margot Robbie and Brenton Thwaites,” said AiF President Simonne Overend. ”Both these actors embody the very best talent and potential that we see emerging from Australia today. Their international success so early in their career suggests great promise for the years ahead.”
Coote, who died earlier this year, will receive the Australians in Film Virgin Australia Orry-Kelly Award, presented to Australians who have contributed to the success of other Australians in the industry.
“Greg Coote was an important advisor to Australians in Film from the beginning, helping to shape our early strategy, with a particular focus on supporting emerging Australian talent in Hollywood” said Overend. “He played such a major part in our success and really did so much for Aussies in this industry both at home and overseas.”
As CEO of film financier Dune Entertainment, Coote co-invested with 20th Century Fox in more than 60 major movies including “Avatar” and “Marley & Me.” Coote started his career in Australia in the mailroom and and worked his way up to the position of head of Australian distributor Village Roadshow Pictures.
Anthony LaPaglia will also be named as one of two Orry-Kelly International Honorees for his support of Australians working in the film and television industries in Los Angeles.
“Anthony LaPaglia is well known for offering Australians employment opportunities both on his shows and throughout his projects and it is wonderful to see him celebrated for his generous contributions,” said Overend.
‘The Mountain Between Us’
Sons Of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam and The Wolf Of Wall Street’s Margot Robbie are in talks to star for Paradise Now helmer Hany Abu-Assad in The Mountain Between Us for Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment. An adaptation of the Charles Martin book, the film is a harrowing tale of survival and a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture. Fortunately, aside from a doctor he’s an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy.
‘Ghost in the Shell’
Rupert Sanders is directing the film, which is based on the popular Japanese manga.
Margot Robbie is in early talks to star in “Ghost in the Shell,” which Rupert Sanders is directing for DreamWorks, multiple individuals familiar with the project told TheWrap.
A live-action film based on the popular Japanese manga created by Masamune Shirow, the story follows the exploits of a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission that specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
Avi Arad and Steven Paul are producing the Bill Wheeler-scripted film, which has been a passion project for DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg.
Robbie turned heads with her performance opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese‘s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” and “Ghost in the Shell” is another major role that will allow the Australian actress to showcase her action chops. Female-driven action movies such as “The Hunger Games,” “Divergent” and “Lucy” have all performed well at the box office.
Source: thewrap.com & deadline.com
MARGOT Robbie’s boyfriend Tom Ackerley has shared some intimate snaps of his new love on social media.
Proving things must be serious between the duo, Ackerley has uploaded images of The Wolf of Wall Street actor to his Instagram site for the first time.The loved-up pics show the 24-year-old on the shoulder’s of her beau which he captioned, “Family night out #LondonEye.”
In another picture, the loved-up pair seem to be sitting in a park with other friends.
Robbie met Ackerley, an assistant director earlier this year and have been spending a lot of time together since hooking up.
Robbie, a Hollywood success story, is currently on a break from filming her upcoming flick Tarzan, which she began filming in England last week.
See article and a couple of other images HERE.
Margot Robbie and her new boyfriend Tom Ackerley enjoy a romantic day in the park together on Sunday (August 31) in London, England.
The 24-year-old Wolf of Wall Street actress and Tom, an assistant director, seemed amused by a man’s pet ferret and they both bent down to look at it.
Margot and Tom spent some time in the park having a picnic and they totally look so cute together!
Margot is on a break from her upcoming movie Tarzan, which she began filming in England last week.
It looks as though the world’s favourite damsel in distress is already in need of her knight in shining loincloth.
Margot Robbie, 24, was spotted getting into character as Jane Porter on Wednesday, as she shot scenes for the upcoming retelling of the classic tale Tarzan.
The Australian beauty wore a cream Victorian dress as she was seen tied up on the upper deck of a steam paddle boat on the UK set.
With her wavy red hair tied back, Margot was seen facing a man in a loincloth, who sat entrapped in a cage dangling over the edge of the boat.
Also on the vessel – dubbed ‘Adelaar’ – was actor Christoph Waltz, 57, who portrays bad guy Captain Leon Rom in the film.
Dressed in a light safari suit with a matching Panama hat, the Austrian actor wore a moustache as he stood sternly in front of a team of men.
Tarzan will follow Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, 38, as the titular character, who’s forced to return to the urban sprawl of London after being raised in the jungle as an orphan.
For the past few months, Margot has been seen out and about in London with her new beau, assistant director Tom Ackerley.
Just Jared revealed that the hunky Brit worked with Margot on one of her more recent films, Suite Française, which is yet to be released.