Kristen Stewart Positioning To Co-Star With Ben Affleck In ‘Focus’: Steps Out For ‘On The Road’

Kristen Stewart’s post Bella Swan career flightplan just got a serious boost.

The actress is in talks to co-star opposite Ben Affleck in Warner Bros’ upcoming film, Focus.

According to Variety, Warners had been eyeing Crazy, Stupid, Love co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as the leads.

When that option fell through, Warners quickly secured Affleck for the male role just as he was deciding how to follow up his Argosuccess.

With the media’s lens focused on Stewart while she promotes The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and On The Road, the timing of this news couldn’t be better.

Having proved her ability to carry a movie with Snow White and The Huntsman — and earning artistic capital with fare such as On The Road, Welcome To The Rileys, The Runaways and Into The Wild, to name just a few — the actress is clearly a tantalizing prospect to studios.

Nutshelled, Focus is a mix of con-artist caper meets gritty romantic-drama.

Affleck will play a veteran grifter who — for some reason — decides to mentor a newbie girl (enter Stewart) in the ways of deception. Inevitably, that business relationship becomes complicated when the pair develop feelings for each other.

Crazy, Stupid, Love helmers, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, will direct from a self-penned script. Denise Di Novi is set to produce.

Kristen Stewart Wearing Balenciaga At The AFI Festival Premiere of 'On The Road' Last Night

These are heady times for Stewart. After a well publicized press date in Japan, the actress began the US leg of Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s promotion trail last Thursday.

Scheduled to hit the talk show circuit this week before no less than four Breaking DawnPart 2 premieres, the 22-year-old hit the red carpet at Grauman’s Chinese Theater last night for the American Film Institute (AFI) Festival premiere of On The Road.

Dressed in a Balenciaga modern twist on a bustier with sharp, high waisted trousers, Stewart then attended an afterparty at the Roosevelt Hotel accompanied by none other than Robert Pattinson.

At the premiere, USA Today’s Andrea Mandell spoke to the actress about her On The Road role as 16-year-old Marylou. Stewart reportedly said:

“I had the exact same feeling that I had when I was 15 that I did when I was like, 20. At that age you look up and realize that you have anything that you could ever possibly imagine very much within reach. And I still feel that way.”

Sometimes life really does imitate art.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 hits theaters on November 16. On The Road debuts in the US on December 21.