Now that she’s wrapped up the Twilight series with the blockbuster final installment, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Kristen Stewart has a little time on her hands. Seems she’s had enough of sexy young vampire dudes for a while and wants to try out an older guy–on film this time. The 22-year-old actress confirmed that she will star with Ben Affleck in the con-artist comedy Focus.
There had been rumors going around for the last month that Stewart was going to join the cast. Affleck himself, who had already signed on to the Warner Bros. movie, even said he hoped she would take the part, calling her “terrific.” Presumably he was talking about her acting abilities and wasn’t thinking about the fact that the two of them are supposed to have several passionate makeout scenes together, and even one scene in bed.
In the movie, which begins shooting in April, Stewart will play a rookie con artist who teams up with Affleck’s more experienced grifter. Of course, a romance between a young woman and an older man is nothing new, in the movies or in real life. If anything, in movies it’s almost the rule and not the exception. And Ben Affleck is only 40, so it’s not like there’s anything especially creepy about it.
Still, there are sure to be the obligatory jokes alluding to Stewart’s ill-fated affair with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, 41-year-old Rupert Sanders, over the summer. Besides the fact that Sanders was (and still is) a married man and Stewart was cheating on boyfriend Robert Pattinson, much was made of the pair’s age difference. Maybe it’s because Stewart still seems so very young despite her adult behavior on and off the screen.
It’s too early to know just how racy Kristen Stewart’s scenes in Focus will be. But moviegoers who couldn’t get enough of her in the Twilight films can get a preview in the meantime of how much heat she can generate onscreen when her latest movie, On the Road, hits theaters on Dec. 21.
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