Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Margot Robbie). As heâ€™s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flameâ€”now an accomplished femme fataleâ€”shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes racecar circuit. In the midst of Nickyâ€™s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loopâ€¦and the consummate con man off his game.
â€œFocusâ€ is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (â€œCrazy, Stupid, Love.â€). Denise Di Novi (â€œCrazy, Stupid, Love.â€) is the producer, with Charlie Gogolak and Stan Wlodkowski serving as executive producers.
The cast is headed by Oscar nominee Will Smith (â€œThe Pursuit of Happyness,â€ â€œAli,â€), Margot Robbie (â€œThe Wolf of Wall Streetâ€), Rodrigo Santoro (the â€œ300â€ films) and Gerald McRaney (TVâ€™s â€œHouse of Cardsâ€).
The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Xavier Grobet (â€œEnough Saidâ€), production designer Elizabeth Mickle (â€œDriveâ€), editor Jan Kovac (HBOâ€™s â€œCurb Your Enthusiasmâ€), and from â€œCrazy, Stupid, Love.,â€ costume designer Dayna Pink and composer Nick Urata. Apollo Robbins, nicknamed The Gentleman Thief, served as a consultant, conceiving and choreographing original sleight-of-hand maneuvers.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, a Di Novi Pictures Production, A Zaftig Films Production, â€œFocus.â€ The film will be released in theatres on February 27, 2014 and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
The film has been rated R by the MPAA for language, some sexual content and brief violence.