Las Vegas theatrical pickpocket Apollo Robbins is lending his sleight-of-hand to Will Smith's next project. Robbins is consulting on "Focus", the next project from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa("Crazy Stupid Love", "I Love You Phillip Morris").
In "Focus", Will Smith plays a con man dating a woman who just so happens to be cutting her teeth in the same line of work. A few years after their relationship ends, he finds his path once again interwoven with his ex(Margot Robbie). It seems the pair have chosen the same mark in two completely different cons: a billionaire racing team owner.
Directors Ficarra and Requa have written the screenplay for "Focus" as well. The film's Producer, Denise Di Novi, commented on Robbins' involvement.
"Apollo has been a tremendous resource both technically and creatively during this process." She added, "For 'Focus', he has designed and choreographed sleight-of-hand moves that have never been seen before on film."
Apollo Robbins has been performing in Las Vegas for the past 13 years. His speciality is legerdemain, which according to Merriam Webster's Online dictionary, is "skill in using your hands to perform magic tricks." He was nicknamed 'The Gentleman Thief', as he always returns what he has lifted(the lifts are merely part of his show). He became quite renowned after pulling off such feats as lifting car keys from a Secret Service agent in Jimmy Carter's detail.
Margot Robbie starred in the short-lived TV series Pan Am on ABC. This November, she can be seen on the big screen in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" and Richard Curtis' "About Time."
Will Smith has had a quiet year at the multiplex. His single 2013 entry "After Earth" failed to make a splash at the box office after it couldn't recoup even half of its production budget. However, the actor is currently tied to three announced sequels: "Bad Boys 3", "Hancock 2", and "I, Robot 2."
"Focus" is being produced for Warner Brothers Pictures. The film does not yet have a release date.