Rodrigo Santoro Takes Focus


Rodrigo Santoro is set to play the antagonist in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming Focus. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the 300 star will appear opposite Will Smith and Margot Robbie in the con artist tale from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.)

The film is said to involve a romance between a professional conman and someone just learning the criminal art and how their past relationship comes back into play when they meet up again years later. Santoro’s part is said to be that of the owner of a Formula One racing team who enlists Smith’s character’s services and enters them both into a romantic triangle with Robbie’s.

Earlier iterations of the project were planning to feature the pairings of both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and, later, Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart in the leading roles.

Santoro, who starred earlier this year in The Last Stand, can soon be seen reprising his role as Xerxes in March 7, 2014’s 300: Rise of an Empire.

Focus will be produced by Denise DiNovi.

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