According to Variety, the movie will follow an inexperienced female con artist who teams up with a more seasoned male scammer (Smith). The 44-year-old actor had reportedly been circling the part for some time and finally committed to joining the project after plans for Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck fell through.
Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart was previously attached to the film as the novice con artist but recently dropped the role due to the wide age gap. Before Smith and Stewart, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were tapped for the project but conflicting schedules kept the pair from moving forward.
So in the end, Smith stands alone. For now.
While he awaits his female counterpart, the Hollywood heavyweight is gearing up for the apocalyptic sci-fi After Earth– also starring son Jaden Smith– which hits theaters June 7.