Focus sounded interesting from the get-go – a con artist crime tale starring Will Smith opposite The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robbie, and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (I Love You Phillip Morris, Crazy, Stupid, Love) based on their own script – but now, the movie has no doubt climbed up higher on many a film geek’s radar, what with the recent news of Smith and Robbie having been officially cast in the Suicide Squad DC comic book adaptation.
Smith co-headlines Focus as Nicky, a “seasoned master of misdirection” (as the film’s official synopsis describes him) who takes on a student in Jess (Robbie), but breaks off the relationship when the pair start to grow a little too close. A few years later, though, the duo re-enter each other’s lives when it turns out they’re both involved in the same high-stakes (and thus, all the more dangerous) “grand scheme.”
Both the first trailer and the brand-new second theatrical preview for Focus (watch it above) suggest the movie has at least two strong elements: old-Hollywood chemistry between its leads, as well as the slick visual style and direction, which appears to be a step up from what Ficarra and Requa have done in the past. At the same time, though, there are hints of the subversive spirit that made the directors’ previous efforts – as well as their script for Bad Santa – more memorable than your average comedy genre offering. In short, this looks to be one of the more intriguing first quarter releases next year.
The Focus cast also includes Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire) and B.D. Wong (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), as well as Longmire costars Gerald McRaney and Robert Taylor. You can check out a newly-unveiled pair of character posters for the film, below.
Focus opens in U.S. theaters on February 27th, 2015.